Conservatives and Liberals and the Concept of Free Speech

08 Mar
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Rightly so people are upset about the comments made by Rush Limbaugh directed towards Sandra Fluke, and by implication towards all women.  Petitions are flying across the internet, advertisers are leaving the show and radio stations are either taking down the show or contemplating it.  However, Conservatives out there are screaming hypocrisy because no one took these same kinds of action against Bill Maher for his comments.  Conservatives are also accusing Liberals of trying to stifle “Free Speech”, well let’s just take a look at this, shall we.

First let’s address the issue of Bill Maher, to that I ask where were the Conservatives circulating petitions and raising awareness on Twitter, Facebook and the like?  Just because the Liberals of America are able to recognize a problem and come together to work towards resolving it does not indicate hypocrisy, it merely highlights the fact that Conservatives do not in fact care about individual liberties and rights.  Conservatives care about the bottom dollar and keeping everyone in line, the concepts of liberty and freedom are abstractions to them and only apply when their plans fall apart.

We, the people trying to get Rush off the airwaves, are not trying to shut down Free Speech, we are attempting to get rid of hate speech.  It does not matter to me what any court says, hate speech is not Free Speech and should not be protected as such.  The only intent of hate speech is to add fuel to a specific fire and get people to take radical actions to maintain some status quo.  I fully believe in the concept of Free Speech, however it is not what people assume it to be most of the time.

If the only way Rush Limbaugh can hold his audience’s attention is by attacking people who do not fit into his acceptable mold, named White Anglo Saxon Protestant Males, then perhaps it is time for him to go the way of the Dodo.  There is never a place for personal attacks, attacks based on gender, sexuality or race.  Why are we so accepting of the presence of hate speech?  We should be doing everything we can to shut it down, and no this is not a slippery slope, it merely takes a fair amount of critical thinking and common sense in determining what hate speech is.  Signs saying God hates Fags, Thank God for Dead Soldiers…  those are clearly hate speech, as is Rush Limbaugh and his ilk.  Oh, and just to clarify, I do consider some of the Left leaning talking heads to be guilty of hate speech as well, hence why I listen to none of them.



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10 responses to “Conservatives and Liberals and the Concept of Free Speech

  1. Dean Esmay

    March 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    The people at Draft Sarah Palin might be able to help you out in your search for conservatives who were calling people out for stuff like this some time ago, as can this article from a couple years ago in Right Wing News.

    Ann Althouse has some pretty good observations about it that go back quite a few years.

    I haven’t, as yet, found examples of right-wingers actually calling for boycotts or for the government to fine people or have them taken off the air. Although I’m sure if I look hard enough I can find some.


  2. Dean Esmay

    March 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Ah, don’t know their politics but these folks might be up your alley, if it’s what you’re into. ;-)


  3. Jimi

    March 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    That was actually a petition i signed when it first came out, sadly though it closed with less than 1000 signatures. While I am no expert, this does lead credence to the point I made about Conservatives not being willing to fight for individual rights and liberties.


  4. Scorpius

    March 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    “this does lead credence to the point I made about Conservatives not being willing to fight for individual rights and liberties.”

    Huh? This must be a joke, since individual rights and liberties is what the Tea Party was about (oh, and personal responsibilities, also). The only way you could justify that statement of yours with the facts is if you don’t consider those things rights. This piece is just bizarre. Free speech is only free if I say it’s free speech, otherwise ban it.


    • Jimi

      March 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      If your idea of Free Speech is hate speech against women, the Westboro Baptist Church and other ilks then by all means support it, just make sure you wear your white sheet while you are at it, I know how you all like to remain anonymous.


  5. Scorpius

    March 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    What the heck does the Westboro Baptist Church have to do with the Tea Party? Answer: nothing. The Tea Party supports the troops that the WBC protests against at their funerals.


  6. Scorpius

    March 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Anyhow, this article is an example of hate speech so I guess it should also not be protected.



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