PARIS RALLY: Standing For Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood

Written by Candace Hardin on January 13, 2015

The remaining writers and artists of Charlie Hebdo must be admired. After the trauma of last week, they have returned to work and are preparing the next issue of their magazine.

In the tradition of “The show must go on,” these artists and wordsmiths are slogging forward amidst grief, anger and survivor’s remorse.

The issue is being readied under armed guard, in the offices of Liberacion, but with the infallible spirit of freedom of expression and defiance.

The fallen are contributing as if they had not been killed. Their previous works and photos are highlighted. This issue is not a memorial issue, but an example of the collective works that live on from the absent members.

A rally to protest terrorism and radical Islam was held in France this weekend. Top leaders of many other countries gathered in a show of solidarity against the fanatics, those who would kill people who wield weapons of words, humor and cartoons.

Cowards who would kill the unarmed are to be eradicated and ridiculed.

It was unfortunate, but not unexpected that the current administration had no top level official from the United States.

Today’s news had the White House expressing regret for the lack of high level official representation.

After the immediate, constant and unwavering sympathy from our allies that the United States received in the days following 9/11, it is a terrible faux pas and a national embarrassment.

The United States enjoyed the full support of the world during our darkest hour, but cannot send even a token of support in return.

That is what happens when one tries to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear, to invoke a Southern colloquialism. (A sow being a female pig.) All that results from such efforts is nothing but a fatal embarrassment.

Radical Islam and those who carry out its agenda must be stopped, and in terms that can be understood by the perpetrators.

Wherever it is found to fester, it must be wiped out by all means necessary.

For far too long, it has been allowed to live in the shadows, flourishing with secret support and acquiescing.

The United States needs a leader that can both function in polite society and be skilled in the observation of diplomatic alliance protocol.

It needs a leader who is not on the fence, but one who shores up the weak spots in the defense.

It needs those who plainly state that this kind of cowardice and violence will not stand. That those who participate will feel the consequences of their actions.

There is no place in the world for those who kill the unarmed over a difference of opinion.

Hooray for Charlie Hebdo! Never give up or give in, freedom lives!!!



Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.