Friday, August 20, 2010


USING THE GUISE OF FREE SPEECH TO SILENCE DISSENT

I know my readers are not big when I post a lesson post, but sometimes to get people thinking a lesson post is needed.

In our society we have a major problem with personal responsibility and accountability. The First Amendment has become an excuse for a free for all mentality when it comes to our personal speech. This is dangerous because it promotes a world where no one is ever accountable for their speech actions.

The primary lesson is, the First Amendment right is between individuals (corporations too) and the government. It is the government which cannot regulate my speech. As an employer for example I can regulate the speech of my employees. I can say - “I will fire you if you talk about your personal life with your fellow employees while at work.” Perfectly legal.

Now, some people like to say the First Amendment never applies between individuals. This is not completely correct. In a very indirect way it does apply between individuals. The government cannot pass any laws which curtail speech. The best language on the issue comes from the Texas Constitution - you can say anything you want, but you can be held accountable for what you say. The key is - the government cannot curtail your speech before you say it, but it can allow for laws which punish you for your speech after you say it. This is why we have defamation laws. - Accountability and Responsibility

POLITICIANS NOW SEEK TO CLAIM FREE SPEECH TO JUSTIFY THEIR VIEWS AND SILENCE DISSENT

It amazes me how Sarah Palin is claiming as a defender of the constitution that it violates Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s Free Speech rights for people to protest her use of the “n” word. The following is from Sarah Palin’s Tweets.

“Dr. Laura: don't retreat ... reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence"isn't American,not fair")"

For those who do not know, with a black caller Dr. Laura used the “n” word repeatedly to make her point. Sponsors became angry and started to pull out. To be sure civil rights groups filed complaints with her sponsors.

The following was Dr. Laura’s response to the sponsors pulling out. “I want to regain my First Amendment rights,” Schlessinger said, contending that special-interest groups were limiting her freedom to express herself.

While I am not big on boycotting sponsors, in a free society we are free to boycott sponsors who support views we find offensive. You can bet your life Dr. Laura would be calling for a boycott of any company which advertises on a show promoting marriage to children. And you know what, I would support such a boycott.

It is a very scary thing when so called educated people misuse the First Amendment to vilify those who oppose them. I am not talking about bad mouthing the civil rights groups, I am talking about trying to convince your supporters that the civil rights groups are trying to take away your First Amendment rights.

We live in a free society not a dictatorship headed by Dr. Laura and Sarah Palin. As a business I have the right to decide where I advertise. The notion that advertisers have to support shows which their customers oppose because to not to would violate Dr. Laura’s free speech is absurd. In the same way she is free to speak her mind, I am free to not listen to or support her show or her sponsors. This is called freedom.

What Dr. Laura and Sarah Palin are really saying is, if people hold then accountable for their actions, then people are violating their rights. No Dr. Laura and Sarah Palin - it is called personal responsibility and accountability - something both of the people oppose.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sossi or Saucy claims that we are comparing apples to oranges when it comes to the city charter and a huge mistake he has made. Now he is experiencing sour grapes! He cliams it is an entire different animal (COD). The only animals on this are the commissioners, with the exception of Camarillo, who act like oxen - (in Spanish an ox is a what?)