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Freedom or Tyranny

By Doug Harrell

Mitchell Countyfreedom of the press

Freedom of the press has always been the hallmark of our democracy, the standard by which we declared that we were a  free people and had the freedom to make a decision based on correct knowledge.  Today press has a different meaning than it did when the constitution was written.  In the past, press were the news agencies reporting the facts of what was going on, the newspapers, then the radio, then television.  Today that world has changed and technology has changed.  Today we have much more direct communication based on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and various other platforms that allow us more direct contact, we get to communicate and hear directly from opposing sides, or we were supposed to be able to do that.  That is changing before our very eyes!

The Bible tells us that the wise person does not make a decision until you have heard both sides of a situation, to do this you need to be able to hear both sides.

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”

Proverbs 18:13 KJV

He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.”

Proverbs 18:17 KJV

Today the “media giants” don’t only include ABC, NBC, CBS, the giant newspapers, and radio broadcast which are mostly very liberal, left-leaning operations that have become vastly more biased in their coverage. Now the social media are totally restricting who is allowed to speak.  When free people are denied the opportunity to speak and be heard, they are the same as a communist country.  The America where the people were allowed to make intellectually sound decisions after hearing the facts of the case is rapidly disappearing before our very eyes.  Wake up America before it is too late!  I don’t care what your politics are, we need to be screaming at the top of our lungs for all voices to be allowed to be heard.

Our colleges are prohibiting anyone with a conservative message to even speak on the campuses, to deliver opposing sides and views and yet we continue to allow our tax dollars to support them.  We the people are being deprived of our right as a free nation to make the decisions, demand that the first amendment be enforced across all platforms, in any tax-supported institutions including our colleges and universities.

If we the people don’t take a firm stand against fraud in our elections, we are in the total control of a select few that will be telling us what, when, and how high.  We have to have confidence that our votes will be counted fairly and without bias, without that there is total anarchy!  The regulations for voting should be fair and equal, it should be mandatory that anyone casting a vote should be identified as fitting the qualifications that enable them to freely cast a ballot.  When the votes can be manipulated then why even waste the time.  We must be able to verify the results as being honest and true.

We are at a point in time that if we are to be free, we must demand truth and honesty in our government and our leaders.  Our very foundations of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are on the line folks, wake up before it is too late.  May we all continue to be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!

To God be the glory.  ?❤️


Doug Harrell is a life-long resident of Mitchell County, Owner of Harrell Hill Farms, a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and former publisher of Blue Ridge Christian News. You can find him on Facebook at

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