Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Unclear on the concept

U.S. Constitution, Amendent I:
Congress shall make no law [...] abridging the freedom of speech....
OK, got it.... Just so we know what that means, here's John L. Indo of Houston, in a LTTE in USA Today [Mar. 19th, 2008, p. 10A]:
Retired pastor Jeremiah Wright will accomplish little putting down the very country to which he must appeal for social justice....
Really? So he's got to ask real nice-like? And butter the country up, before the country deigns to give him his "social justice", rather than complaining?!?!? Ever heard: "The squeaky wheel gets the grease"? Maybe some people are getting tired of asking politely....
... In fact, it might behoove him to realize that such inflammatory rhetoric might have gotten him killed or imprisoned in a society less tolerant of political dissent.
"Watch what [you] say, watch what [you] do..."

So, let me see if I've got this straight: I really should refrain from saying anything "inflammatory" here, because in other countries, they might not let me say such things.... Yeah, that makes sense. Yassuh, massah. What wahz ah thinkin'?...

2 Comments:

At 1:51 AM, Blogger Maximus said...

Remember the old charge "driving while black"? This is now "preaching while black".

 
At 5:36 AM, Blogger Arne Langsetmo said...

Some people are of the opinion that the rights you should have are the rights that everyone agrees you should have.

I beg to differ; a right to do what is unremarkable, unexceptional, and uncontroversial is an empty shell of a "right", and rights that are challenged (or even vanish) the moment you actually use them are just a dangerous mirage.

Cheers,

 

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