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Faux Outrage & The 1st Amendment

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Remember when MoveOn.org placed a full-page ad in the New York Times on Sep. 10, 2007 about General Patraeus that the right-wing nutjobs found oh so objectionable?  Was the ad an expression of free speech or not?  It was an expression of free speech, no matter how distasteful anybody found it.  That’s what free speech is all about.

Remember how Congress passed amendments condemning the ad?  Do you remember who pushed those amendments?  Republicans, that’s who.  The entire right-wing fringe movement was all up in arms about the ad and how disgusting it was.  Why didn’t they defend MoveOn for expressing their 1st Amendment rights?  Because it was all about the politics to those sickos.

Now that the right-wing extremists are showing up at town hall meetings with disturbing material, how are Republicans in Congress and the corporate media responding?  It’s all about the first amendment, of course.  I call b.s.  It’s still all about the politics – they’re not interested in any rights, only politics in its most primal form.  In this case, the first amendment rights happen to work in their favor.  As vile and disruptive as the Deathers are, Republicans will defend them – no matter what.

Democrats should learn a lesson.  When someone is expressing their 1st Amendment rights, you should stand up for them.  It doesn’t matter if it was MoveOn, where they failed to stand up for the group’s 1st Amendment rights, and it doesn’t matter if it is the Deathers, whom they’re silent to similarly condem.  By failing to stand up for MoveOn, Democratic elected officials have demonstrated it’s all about the politics to them too.

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One thought on “Faux Outrage & The 1st Amendment

  1. I have been surprised by the lack of civil political discourse in some of the threaded discussions in the blogs. I suspect it might reflect the sort of people we are (i.e., in American society). Here is the post if you are interested: http://euandus3.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/are-the-american-people-really-like-mr-smith/

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