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Free Speech in Port Arthur? Don’t kid yourself!

If there is but one little facet of life many people fail to learn about in Port Arthur, Texas, its that only certain people have the right to have an opinion, much less express it.  Although all Americans have the right to speak freely under the provisions of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, such really isn’t the case in Port Arthur where some citizens behave so childishly as to publicly demean and slander those with whom they disagree, or those making the mistake of having an opinion and therefore expressing it can find themselves charged with criminal offenses.  One case in point has to do with an editorial written and published by Rich Macke, President and Publisher of the Port Arthur News.  I won’t go into detail of what the editorial was about, but will say that an editorial can be defined as “an expression of one’s opinion“.  A reasonable person who disagrees with another would get together to discuss their difference.  This wasn’t the case with Mr. Macke.

Again not wishing to name names, it’s obvious that the person responsible for the preparation and distribution of this flier is NOT a reasonable or responsible person.  As well as this epitomizes the childish behavior some people in Port Arthur are capable of, the flier content also demonstrates a violation of federal law.  A boycott of a business by its competitors, suppliers, or buyers that has the effect of preventing the business’s access to the market is a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act as it pertains to Unfair Restraint of Trade.  The intent is clearly to cause economic harm to not only the Port Arthur News, but also any of the businesses identified on the flier that continue advertising in the Port Arthur News.  Furthermore, by naming and identifying the Chairman of Boone Newspaper, Inc., it also becomes obvious that harm is anticipated against Mr. Macke, both to his character and possibly resulting in his job loss.  Mr. Macke would be well within his rights to sue the source of this flier, as well as anyone who participated in its creation, preparation and distribution, for slander and defamation of character; plus, have all those individuals involved charged in federal court for their part in knowingly and willingly being parties to a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

It isn’t very likely, but not out of the question, that legal action will be brought against those responsible for this childish display of human degradation.   Perhaps Mr. Macke would consider sending the perpetrators an all-day sucker, a baby rattle, and a Nuk, so they can feel at home the next time they want to demonstrate how unreasonable they can be.  Quite frankly, I think they should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to become parties to what is no more than an egotistic witch hunt.

But, then again, this is Port Arthur, Texas … What more needs be said?

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