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NO CONSERVATIVE HAS THE GUTS TO SUPPORT REAL FREEDOM OF SPEECH | 2003-06-28

When I was a Reagan appointee in Washington in the early 1980s, I had one reminder of home. The wide grin of my old friend Maurice Bessinger could be seen in on the label of his bar-b-cue sauce in grocery stores. His was a nationwide business straight out of Columbia, South Carolina.

A couple of years ago, Wal-Mart destroyed Bessinger's national business. He put up a Confederate flag and he had political pamphlets in his restaurant in West Columbia. If those had been Communist pamphlets no one would dare have boycotted him for it. But this was right-wing stuff. This was heresy.

Wal-Mart took Bessinger's sauce off its stands nationwide. Not only that, but Wal-Mart announced a nationwide boycott of Bessinger's bar-be-cue sauce. Black thugs backed them up in other grocery stores by taking the sauce off the shelves and pouring it on the floor.

No one denounced the black thugs. I heard about them second-hand.

No Columbia or national media reported the black thugs.

None of the conservative media that constantly complain about being suppressed said a word in Bessinger's favor.