I talk about politics a lot here. I don’t know how many people care what I think. It’s not like I’m running for congress. (I think some of the poetry I’ve written pretty much eliminates any possibility of that.) Here’s a series of statements I’ve put together about one of the freedoms from the First Amendment. It’s partially in response to some discussions I’ve had with friends and others. I may put together something similar for the other freedoms. Feel free to comment, and to make suggestions. (Note: “We” is not necessarily always the plural of “I”)
Freedom of Speech
Barbra Streisand is free to express her opinions.
Charlton Heston is free to express his opinions
Natalie Maines is free to express her opinions.
Toby Keith is free to express his opinions.
If we disagree with the opinions of any of the individuals above, we are free to express our disagreement.
We are free to say that these individuals shouldnâ€™t express their opinions as entertainers.
We are free to say that Rush Limbaugh, Bill Maher, Bill O Reilly, and Al Franken should express their opinions, even though they are also entertainers.
We are free to be hypocritical and support the free expression of some, but not others.
We are free to point out hypocrisy in others when we see fit.
We are free to burn books, cds, dvds. (if they belong to us)
We are free to destroy any object that belongs to us, alone.
We are free to tell people who burn books, cds, dvds that they are Philistines.
They are free to disagree with us and/or keep on burning.
Residents of Philistia are free to be offended by the comparison, even though theyâ€™ve all been dead for centuries.
Radio stations, newspapers, publishing houses, and bookstores are free to follow the money, and remove particular artists from airplay, column space, publication, shelves if they feel it will please their readers, listeners, or customers.
Readers, listeners, and customers are free to show these radio stations, newspapers, publishing houses, and bookstores that their business decision was the incorrect one, by staging a boycott, and trying to affect their bottom line.
We are free to express our opinions.
We are free to express our disgust with the opinions of others.
They are free to express their disgust with our opinions.