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This whole brouhaha by the left and Democrats (but I repeat myself) over “Let’s Go Brandon” reminded me of something that happened when I was about 18 years old in Adelaide, Australia. I had heard that the Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, was giving a speech in Adelaide and I decided to attend. I was pretty horrified because the large crowd heckled and hurled insults to the point where Fraser had to cut the speech off abruptly and was whisked away by security. I remember going home and telling my Dad about it and how I thought it was really bad that people would say things like that about the Prime Minister. His response has stuck with me in the 45 years that have passed since then. He said, “I think it would be really bad if people were not allowed to say things like that about the Prime Minister.”
It certainly made me think about what had happened and I realized almost immediately, that my Czech immigrant father was very correct. An 18-year-old raised in an upper-middle-class family in a free country didn’t have the perspective to value the free speech that was immediately obvious to someone who had fled to Australia seeking such freedoms.
Now I am horrified by the restrictions placed on Australians by their government. They could use a few thousand people standing up and chanting “Let’s Go Brandon” about their leaders.
It was so heartwarming also to hear the words of another immigrant, Winsome Sears, last night. I think my Dad would have liked that lady!Published in