TheBayNet Letter to the Editor
TheBayNet Letter to the Editor

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. — The following letter was sent to TheBayNet.com by Marilyn Crosby of Lexington Park. Crosby is a former member of the St. Mary’s County Board of Education and a retired history teacher:

Freedom of speech has influenced the current Ukraine situation.  It is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  It allows for competing Ideas that upon examination lead to the truth.  

Suppression of ideas such as in Russia lead to erroneous conclusions.  Let’s take a look at a current example.  The United States has been training the Ukrainians for several years to repel an attack by the Russian Federation.

The Ukrainians have “skin in the game.”  They are defending their families, their country and democratic way of life. The world is on their side.  In contrast, the Russians who touted they would take the Ukraine in three days have been there months! The Russians have a far larger army and lots of equipment.  The Russians have a good Air Force.  What does all this have to do with Freedom of Speech?


All factors were not considered in the attempt to defeat and annex the Ukraine. Russia is a dictatorship. There is no Freedom of Speech.  They were not motivated. They were told they were going on a training exercise.  The dead bodies told otherwise.  They were told they were fighting the Nazis.

That was in 1945, not 2022.  The leadership was top down.  They had no mid level leadership.  President Putin was isolated, he was told what he wanted to hear.  Top generals were afraid to tell him the truth.

What did all of this yield?  A leveled country, thousands of dead military and civilians, BUT, nota Russian Ukraine.  

Would things have been otherwise if the Russians had considered the facts that would have been brought to light with freedom of speech. In my opinion yes.  Perhaps the Russians would not have attacked.  

In my judgment, the Chinese may be reconsidering invading Taiwan after they take a look at this.  I would advise them to study all angles, but they don’t exercise Freedom of Speech.

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37 Comments

  1. We have freedom of speech, yet we invaded Afghanistan with no plan, no idea of what victory was and no exit strategy. We stayed 20 years, left due to the agreement of an incompetent president who ran the govt like his hero (Putin) and left the country a shambles. We have freedom of speech and yet we invaded Iraq without evidence and left a mess in our wake. Thousands of Americans died. We spent trillions. Freedom of speech is of little value when those in power don’t listen.

    1. YOU also have a “Disinformation Governance Board” that censors our 1st Amendment right to free speech if “THEY” don’t like what we say!!!

      FJB!!!

      1. What does your comment have to do with either the letter to the editor or my comment?

      1. Are you talking about the discussion regarding the US support for Ukraine? You realize that conversation has absolutely nothing to do with the Letter to the Editor or my comments.

        1. You realize you’re being a hypocrite now right?

          You disagreed with my comments on that article, then you turn right around posting a comment agreeing with what I posted

          1. What in the world are you talking about? Your comments in “that previous article” were all about the debt, who was paying to send US troops to Europe and did the Russians invade the US. The letter to the editor is a silly and inane comparison of countries with and without free speech. As I said in my last comment, the two articles and the comments in them have nothing to do with one another.

      1. What in the world are you talking about? Your comments in “that previous article” were all about the debt, who was paying to send US troops to Europe and did the Russians invade the US. The letter to the editor is a silly and inane comparison of countries with and without free speech. As I said in my last comment, the two articles and the comments in them have nothing to do with one another.

          1. Already did before I put up the two previous posts. Why don’t you explain what has your panties all in a bunch now? (Other than you don’t know what you are talking about, as usual.)

          1. You are a riot. You clearly don’t have anything to support your latest garbage….so you just keep reposting the same garbage over and over.

  2. Go reread your comments

    FYI you have no grounds saying someone has their panties in a bunch hypocrite

    1. Come on troll….tell me why your panties are in such a bunch. I’ve had a GREAT day and want to end it with a laugh. Show us all your brilliant rationale that equates the US debt and deficit with the First Amendment.

        1. Come on troll….tell me why your panties are in such a bunch. I’ve had a GREAT day and want to end it with a laugh. Show us all your brilliant rationale that equates the US debt and deficit with the First Amendment

        1. Big Dog Eats First says:
          May 20, 2022 at 5:47 pm

          Come on troll….tell me why your panties are in such a bunch. I’m going to have another GREAT day! Why don’t you make it even better by adding some uproarious laughter? Show us all your brilliant rationale that equates the US debt and deficit with the First Amendment.

  3. “Big dog is dumb says: May 21, 2022 at 10:02 am When you learn to read, go reread your comments How does it feel being a coward?” I did have another GREAT day! Make it even better by adding some uproarious laughter!!! Lay out your brilliant rationale that equates the US debt and deficit with the First Amendment. Come on troll, you can do it!!

      1. I am having another GREAT DAY! Make it even better by adding some uproarious laughter!!! Lay out your brilliant rationale that equates the US debt and deficit with the First Amendment. Come on troll, you can do it!!

          1. I am having another GREAT DAY! Make it even better by adding some uproarious laughter!!! Lay out your brilliant rationale that equates the US debt and deficit with the First Amendment as it relates to US involvement in Ukraine. Come on troll, the request is on topic, everyone knows it!!

          1. I had another GREAT DAY! Make it even better by adding some uproarious laughter!!! Lay out your brilliant rationale that equates the US debt and deficit with the First Amendment as it relates to US involvement in Ukraine. Come on troll, the request is on topic, everyone knows it!!

  4. No Clue, this is getting boring. You have had an entire week to explain why you think my comment about this letter to the editor has anything in common with my replies to your silly comments in the article about Gov Hogan and Ukraine.

    1. And you’ve had months to answer my question
      I don’t care what you think, I don’t care if you’re bored, I don’t care about you period
      Just answer the question

      1. “Big dog is dumb says: May 24, 2022 at 10:43 am I don’t care what you think, I don’t care if you’re bored, I don’t care about you period.” Anyone who reads this site knows that isn’t true. You follow me around here like some lost little puppy hoping for a pat on the head and a treat. . The difference between you and the puppy is that the puppy is cute while you are just a pathetic troll who can produce a relevant, mature and informed thought.

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