By Ken Krayeske • Hartford • 10:20 AM EST
"No one denies that he had the right to hold dissident views.
On the other hand, it was a drag having him around."
For me, both this op-ed today by Jean Moore about Connecticut's 1919 execution of her anarchist great uncles and Paul Stacy's Jan. 26 Letter to the Editor in the Hartford Courant fit the above cartoon, sent to me by Alan Bisbort, apparently from a Playboy in the mid-1970s. I made a minor alteration to what used to be a Kremlin-looking building.
Why Silence Opposing Views? (THC, 1/26/2007)
Stan Simpson's scenario [column, Jan. 10, "Protesting Rell Serves Public, Too"] regarding Ken Krayeske lobbing "an egg or two at Fairy Godmother M. Jodi Rell" is possible. This possibility apparently justifies the man's being arrested and kept in jail until the parade, even the ball, is completed uninterrupted.
A different scenario is not just possible, but probable:
One of the governor's armed guards, nervously imagining something awful - "It seemed to me like a real threat" - pulls out his pistol and shoots the man dead. The activist, never a threat, is dead. The trooper apologizes, most sincerely. The public has been served, too.
Tell me again why critics of politicians must be silenced or jailed for their opposition. Mark Twain takes a more American stand: "The first gospel of all monarchies should be rebellion."
Paul H. Stacy