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Freedom of speech is not disgusting

Since when did freedom of speech become “disgusting”? As and active duty military member, I don’t feel that MoveOn.org’s ad on General Petraeus was, as the President called it, disgusting. It’s freedom of speech. It’s not what I would have said but who can argue with their claims?

It’s their right to question the Iraq progress report when DoD’s fuzzy math formula reportedly doesn’t count it as violence if one is killed or injured by a car bomb and only counts an assassination if you’re shot in the back of the head (not the front). Let’s not forget the touting of decreased violence in Iraqi neighborhoods while totally ignoring the ethnic cleansing that occurred beforehand.

Was it disgusting when right-wing groups attacked and lied about war hero John Kerry’s Vietnam record in the last election? Was it disgusting when last year’s Republican controlled Congress (and the President signed) a 2007 defense spending bill which gave the military their smallest pay raise in 13 years? Was it disgusting when certain leaders used “educational deferments” and National Guard duty to avoid having to go to Vietnam? What kind of robot society would we have if we had a bunch of bobble-head citizens who never questioned the actions of their elected leaders?

September 21, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Letters to the Editor, News, Politics, Random

2 Comments »

  1. No, freedom of speech is not disgusting, but any specific exercise of that freedom may well be disgusting. I have the right and freedom to call you a “baby killing, genocidal terrorist who is the willing tool of the New Crusade” – that doesn’t make it less disgusting to do so [No, I don’t feel that way at all; it was only a shock-example. Carry on with my thanks].

    Sadly our society is very polarized right now. The Left attacks the Government constantly, not to help the people but just to attack. The Right does exactly the same thing. We’re [the US in general] are not being weel-served by either group.

    Comment by jonolan | September 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. Pretending money is speech is commode-hugging revolting.

    Still, this is a landmark Supreme Court decision — and you can take that to the bank.

    Of course, now you’ll have to ….

    See:

    http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/freedom-of-speech-2010/

    Comment by Mike Licht | January 22, 2010 | Reply


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