Freedom of STFU

“Freedom of Speech” is being thrown around a lot these days.  Much like the art of growing our own food, drawing our own water from wells, living without electricity, we as a nation seem to have forgotten what it really means.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances

Initially, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by the Congress, and many of its provisions were interpreted more narrowly than they are today. Beginning with Gitlow v. New York (1925), the Supreme Court applied the First Amendment to states…

Speech rights were expanded significantly in a series of 20th and 21st-century court decisions which protected various forms of political speech, anonymous speech, campaign financing, pornography, and school speech; these rulings also defined a series of exceptions to First Amendment protections. … Commercial speech, however, is less protected by the First Amendment than political speech, and is therefore subject to greater regulation. (source)

 

I’m already sick to death of Phil Robertson.  Actually, I was sick of it before this even happened.  I can’t go out to a store without seeing the Robertson family members plastered all over everything, the latest merchandising craze.  I don’t watch the show.  I don’t really want to.  I don’t usually do reality shows.  I have my own reality to live, and kind of resent that some people actually get paid to live theirs and act like fools on national TV.

In regards to this instance: No one’s Freedom of Speech was infringed. Phil wasn’t fined, jailed, or shot by his government for expressing his political views. He was “suspended” from his job…same as you would be if you went into work and started talking smack about gays (unless of course, you live in KY…then it’s apparently encouraged in some places. lol) He’s a public figure who knows damn well whatever he says in an interview will reflect on his family and business.

As this topic of “free speech” pertains to the “war on Christmas,” politics, religion, sexuality, and all the other over-sensitive bullshit out there…

Could both sides please just stop being so self-righteous and primed for a fight over everything?    We’re a nation of whiny pansies now, but the gov’t ROUTINELY rewards the whiners with won lawsuits and ridiculous court decisions.  What happened to common sense and common courtesy when it comes to voicing your opinion or hearing someone else’s? Yes, you can feel how you feel, but do you need to be a dick about it and broadcast it all the time?  The bottom line is this:

We teach our children this very simple concept many adults seem to have forgotten: Just because you CAN say something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD!

I would like to put forth a new amendment for consideration: The Freedom of Shut The Fuck Up!  Go out and vote now!

When Chuck says it, by God, you DO IT!

When Chuck says it, by God, you DO IT!

(PS: Sorry if I sound overly “ranty” or “angry.”   I think I need to get off Facebook for a while.  It just makes me angry seeing ignorance and intolerance all over the place, and from people I thought I knew better.)

A word on tolerance…

A friend of mine made an eloquent point on Facebook today (how’s that for irony; eloquence on Facebook!)

HE said:

Don’t be intolerant of my conservatism and ask me to be tolerant of your liberalism.

While I do agree with this, especially in light of the whole Phil Robertson debacle, my take on it is this:

I personally do not feel I am intolerant of conservatism, so much as I am intolerant of the almost compulsive need many conservatives  have to try to legislate their beliefs. In other words, it’s not enough for them to live by their own beliefs and rules; they want make their rules apply to everyone. I mean, for instance, if liberal policy allows gays to marry, a conservative does not need to “be gay” and/or get married if they don’t agree with it.  A liberal will not try to pass a law forcing a straight person to get “gay married.”  However, conversely, many conservatives feel the need to actually try to keep OTHERS from getting married and living the life they want…. See what I mean?

Also, as pertains to Phil, I do feel sorta bad he got fired. CQ essentially laid a trap by asking him questions to which they already knew the answer, and A & E then punished him for his honest opinion.  Personally, I think A & E has hitherto cashed in on the brash, unapologetic nature of the Robertson family, only now distancing themselves when it becomes too “controversial.”   That said, Phil should have know better.  The best answers to questions like the one he was asked are usually as short as possible.  Admittedly I do not watch the show; I’ve heard about it and had little desire to see one more reality show where people are rewarded with fame and money for acting like dicks, and Robertson’s remarks just seem to validate my decision to skip this particular show.

Open mouth, insert duck call....

Open mouth, insert duck call…