Does everyone understand without free speech there is NO freedom? I am stunned at the number of American citizens who think it’s just fine for sponsors of Rush Limbaugh’s show to be intimidated into dropping their sponsorship. I’m sure some dropped him on their own because they hold Liberal views but many were intimidated by Media Matters, MoveOn and other progressive groups into dropping him. That is the Chicago thug way, NOT the American way.
While I don’t condone name calling from either political party, did Rush’s comments really rise to the level of silencing him entirely? If you answered “yes” why is Bill Maher, David Letterman, Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz still on the air? Where was the outrage when they called Palin & Bachmann (both mothers and wives) the most vile four letter words? Where were the calls to silence their voices? Where were the groups intimidating their sponsors? In this country you have the ability to turn off the radio or change the channel. If you don’t like what Rush says you don’t have to listen to him. But if the progressives are successful in removing all conservative speech, you will no longer have the ability to hear anything but what the progressives want you to hear. Is that what you want?
Free speech is the FIRST amendment of the Constitution for a reason. It is vital to maintaining our freedom. If we can’t freely exchange ideas and have disagreements we are finished. I hated the insulting, vile attacks on Palin and Bachmann, however, I never wanted to silence any of the fools who made them. They reveal their own moral limitations and biases which is good information for us to have. And as much as I hate what they say, I would defend to the death their right to say it….as millions of American soldiers have. Did our soldiers die so we could censor speech?
I’m asking the Liberals out there, how would you feel about this if Media Matters, MoveOn, SEIU, etc. were going after Liberal speech? Would you be so gleeful? Don’t you understand if they can silence me, they can silence you. You think because it isn’t your side that is being silenced it’s not your problem? Let me remind you of this quote (don’t know source) “When they came for the gypsies I said nothing because I wasn’t a gypsy, when they came for the Jews I said nothing because I wasn’t a Jew, now they come for me, who will speak for me?”.
Obama’s FCC Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd said Chavez was unsuccessful in his first attempt at a “glorious revolution” because he didn’t have control of the media. Once he got control of the media he was successful. This is what is happening here now. They first went after Glenn Beck. Glenn had the highest rated show on FOX. I constantly hear Liberals say. “Glenn lies” and when I ask for an example they can never give me one. If they actually listened to Glenn they would know he constantly tells his viewers not to take his word for anything, to do their own research. I have done exactly that and have yet found a lie. Glenn exposed Van Jones (a self avowed communist). What was a communist doing in the White House? After that George Soros sent people to speak to Roger Ailes and Glenn’s producers to try to intimidate them into silence and when that didn’t work they he had Media Matters and the rest intimidate Glenn’s sponsors. With no sponsors there was no show. They got Lou Dobbs fired from CNN and Pat Buchanan fired from MSNBC. Fortunately, there are still places for them to go but this SHOULD alarm every American no matter what party. This is not how we do things in this country. We have always valued free speech.
Never in my life have I seen such hostility between political points of view in this country. I have always believed we all appreciated the freedom we enjoyed. We all appreciated the individualism that made this country the greatest in the world. We’ve been explorers, discoverers, inventors, innovators. We have been proud of our rugged individualism.
I have also never seen a President publicly encourage class warfare. Encourage dependence. Where did the idea that people who create jobs and wealth were evil? Where did the idea that people not motivated to graduate high school or to work their way up in a job should be supported by people who have disciplined themselves, studied hard and made a success of a business or career? This is the country people risk their lives to come to because this was the only place where anyone could become successful and wealthy. This is the only country where you could move out of the “class” you were born into.
This is a country worth fighting for. Free speech is worth fighting for. Please, my Liberal friends, fight FOR free speech not against it.