A lesson in American studies

A certain Sussex County Freeholder, who was named in Sunday's New Jersey Herald as a central figure in the solar scandal, has questioned Watchdog's right to exist.  Mr. Freeholder, along with a small coterie who sadly have missed out on their education, claim that anonymous publications should be banned.  They want to send men with guns to break up the printing presses and burn the books at Watchdog's dog barn.


This is a deeply anti-American idea.  It goes against everything we stand for.  Did they forget or perhaps never learned that the anonymous Federalist Papers are one of the building blocks of our Republic?  They were written, anonymously, under the pseudonym "Publius" between October 1787 and August 1788.   Mr. Freeholder and his acolytes believe that anonymous speech today should be stamped out and so it follows that the writers of the Federalist Papers -- Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay -- should have been crushed under the totalitarian boot.

Instead of burning books, Mr. Freeholder should try reading them.  Perhaps broaden his perspective?  Gain a little tolerance for opinions not his own?

It's all about words.  We love them more than you do, Mr. Freeholder.  As an anonymous character once said, "Words will always retain their power.  Words are for the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the annunciation of truth."