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Blatchford: Cancel culture comes to Carroll, but which side has really been divisive? | COMMENTARY

The cancel culture comes to Carroll County and one is calling my name.  Last week, a fella named Mike from Eldersburg advised the Times’ editors that they “have an important decision to make.” He instructed them that “… a choice must be made regarding the continuance of the columns by [myself] and M.K. Sprinkle.”  It seems that if the choice were his, M.K. and I would have to go.

We’re accused by Mike of “promoting discord and divisiveness.” Let’s review his examples of my alleged infractions.


I wrote about Ph.D.’s who casually use the title doctor in non-professional (repeat non-professional) settings and how I find that to be pretentious. That is not political. It’s simply one of my personal quirks. I mentioned three individual Ph.D. holders as examples, but Mike had a problem with my mention of Jill Biden only. There’s an issue guaranteed to split this country right down the middle. (Insert winky face here.)

Mike objected to my conclusion that 18-year-olds are too young to vote. Science has shown that the human brain isn’t completely developed until approximately age 25. We need people with more fully developed brains deciding who our leaders will be. Seems to me that this issue is “divisive” only if someone goes out of their way to make it so.  For me, it’s not a political issue, but one of common sense. I’m just following’ the science.


Another column addressed the fact that some people have chosen to continue the endless rehashing of slavery. Slavery was outlawed on Dec. 6, 1865 with the ratification of the U.S. Constitution Amendment XIII. That column, in fact, was a response to another columnist who claimed that slavery was “America’s original sin.” I found that commentary divisive and inflammatory as well as in error and expressed why. I thought the other columnist was simply stirring the pot.

An aside, if I may, on the subject of Black and white relations. Morgan Freeman (a widely respected man) was asked by Mike Wallace, “How are we gonna get rid of racism?” Freeman’s unhesitating response was, “Stop talkin’ about it! I’m gonna stop calling you a White man, and I’m gonna ask you to stop calling me a Black man.” This from an intelligent man who happens to be Black. If only people could comprehend, and act on, the wisdom of Morgan Freeman.

Mike, of Eldersburg, complained about my explanation as to why I refer to the loyal opposition as leftists. Once again, that piece was in response to a couple of readers who had complained directly to me about my use of the term. I was attempting to communicate with readers. I even noted that I’d stopped calling them liberals because they, themselves, objected to that term — just tryin’ to be agreeable and accurate. Damned if I do or don’t.

Mike appears to be concerned about “discord,” “divisiveness” and he also mentioned “belligerence.” Just for the record, let me cite some people who are more important than I.  

President Obama, years ago, referred to Republicans as “the enemy” and advised followers “get in their face.” Hillary Clinton called us “deplorable.” Biden recently (after claiming to be president of all Americans) made a Nazi reference about two sitting Republican U.S. senators. Leftists have called conservatives Nazi for years.That California wonder Maxine Waters said, “And if you see anybody from that [Trump] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Biden says to Blacks about Republicans, “They gonna put y’all back in chains,” and then he smiled. He tells them, “If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.”  

I’m divisive?  Come on, man. I’m just sayin’!

Finally, many leftists talk about the divisiveness of others and the need to bring the country together. Biden has expressed agreement. Then they cancel the others — get people fired, close their businesses and encourage boycotts. You want divisive? Watch the cancel culture at work. They’ll put people out of work and hurt families. They are hateful and un-American. They use the politics of personal destruction. Don’t like those words? How about just plain mean and nasty?

Paraphrasing a Jimmy Buffet song, they are the people they’ve been warning us about. As they used to say at IBM — “Think!”


Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. His column runs every other Tuesday. Reach him at