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.)

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I Hope Your Cardiologist is an Obama Supporter

I originally posted this on Facebook, but then remembered by “no more politics on my Facebook” vow, and decided to post it here.  Because I am really, super fucking tired of reading about and hearing people bash Obama for the Affordable Care Act, and even more tired of seeing people make carte blanche statements about people they’ve never even met based on who they voted (or didn’t vote) into office.  Some people are just random morons spouting their uneducated/ biased opinions in Huffington Post comment sections would likely not be so free with their opinions if they were face to face with the people they were insulting; after all… most civilized people regard it as gauche to just straight up insult someone because you don’t agree with their politics.   But apparently, it’s okay to do that online.  As evidenced by all the hateful political memes going around Facebook.  When I was growing up, who one was voting for was often considered a private matter, much like asking someone about their salary.  But now apparently it’s okay to criticize people in retrospect for their choices in the polls.

Oh, this is funny?  You probably just insulted and alienated half of your Facebook "friends."  But you're really a nice person, aren't you?

Oh, this is funny? You probably just insulted and alienated half of your Facebook “friends.” But I bet you’re really a nice person in real life, aren’t you?  For realz.

You don’t have to agree with the President, or even like him, but I can’t help but feel like a lot of the negativity surrounding the ACA is born of ignorance and bigotry.  After all, socialized medicine is not a new idea, and Obama is not the first President to try to implement it.  Historically speaking, the Social Security and Medicare programs were also met with some resistance.

” Harry Truman took on the idea of national medical care and tried to integrate it into his Fair Deal program. Truman’s attempts were also unsuccessful, though during his presidency the fight for national medical care became specific to the aged population.Once the targeted age was decided, a lengthy debate began over presenting a coherent medical care bill to Congress. During the Eisenhower administration, the House Ways and Means Committee was created. The members of this committee were mainly Republicans and Southern Democrats, complicating attempts to pass social health programs. Wilbur Mills, chair of the committee, later played a role in creating the health care program that was integrated into the Social Security Act.” (source)

Obama’s ideas may not be perfect, but I do think they could work better if all parties cooperated instead of some businesses and politicians just trying to keep their already fat pockets padded.  Obama didn’t single-handedly ruin this country, as so many claim… lobbyists and politicians did.  As much as some people feel like he is not doing this country any favors, he’s not Adolf Hitler either.  He’s not the anti-christ… (and btw, your tin foil hat is crooked.)

But the main thrust of this post is actually this;  for those of you who feel comfortable judging a whole group of people as “morons” (or any other unflattering but essentially meaningless defamation) simply because you dislike that they voted for Obama (or didn’t, as the case may be,) just remember, these people are people too.  They have ideas, dreams, people they love, and people who love them.  And some of them are probably people you know, people you call “friends” and even like.

Or maybe they are people you will need some day.  If you should one day find yourself caught in a burning building, are you going to turn away a fireman who comes to your rescue because he’s a “moron who voted for Obama?”  (Psst…if you are that much of a self-righteous dick, you should probably consider just dying.  Just sayin’.)

Okay.  Red Queen out.

Monday Night Punchiness

It feels like we’ve reached a critical point in this country.  Sure, people were less open-minded fifty years ago, but people were also less self-righteous, and less likely to complain EVERY single time some little thing happened that didn’t go their way.  In the push for “acceptance” for everyone, many people have taken it to mean, It’s now acceptable for me to be an asshole.

Obviously, I agree with tolerance/acceptance for everyone, regardless of religion, sexual orientation, race, gender, etc (assuming it is not harming someone innocent.  Like, I’m totally against dirty old polygamists and virgin sacrifices, or whatever…)

But unfortunately, this has paved the way for any asshole who feels like turning a mild inconvenience into something personally “offensive.”  Take for example, the case of the Max Begley and his mother.  What on earth could possess an adult  in their right mind to send hate-mail to the mother of an autistic child because they found the noise the child makes to be a “nuisance?”  Granted, this particular case occurred not in the US, but in Canada.  However, this type of behavior seems particularly rampant in our country too (US).  It seems like trying to spin any given situation by basically pitching a fit or making a scene in the preferred method of selfish, self-righteous people for getting their way, on even the most trivial of matters.  Complain.  Complain louder.  No one is allowed to give rude or selfish people a perhaps much needed punch in the mouth; if they did, they’d get sued.  Everyone pretends to be so goddamn sensitive…as an excuse to be a dick.

I know it’s a juxtaposition of my usual mostly liberal character to say this but…

Sometimes I miss the good ol’ days…

"...Da fuck you say?"

“…Da fuck you say?”

[insert Batman sound effect]

[insert Batman sound effect] BLAM!

related articles:

https://alienredqueen.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/when-the-interwebz-attacks/

 

http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/08/31/the_law_of_good_manners_you_cant_legislate_decency.html

“Dogs are not kids.”

Becoming a mom has definitely changed me.  I’ve never been a kid person.   But my kid is fucking awesome!  

And now I am noticing something I hadn’t really noticed until I started posting on social media and reading comments on articles online; when the topic of kids comes up, it’s amazing how many people are hateful about children!

This morning, I saw this article on things parents shouldn’t say to non-parents.  If you don’t wanna read the whole thing, I’ll just outline the points.

1) “Dogs are not Kids”- based on the premise that the people that always compare their pets to our kids actually do know this.

2) “You think you’re [insert anything here]? Try having kids!”  Okay, I get what they’re saying about playing down others’ feelings, but if I’m exhausted from being up with my sick child, I don’t wanna hear about your post bar-hopping hangover woes.

3. “Don’t worry, when you have kids you’ll…”  Firstly, the author is insulted that parents assume everyone wants kids.  I definitely agree that’s not the case, and it does sound a bit condescending…

4. “Is the party kid-friendly?”  I don’t see what the big deal is with this one.  The author posits that unless you and your friend have a tacit understanding that your kids are always welcomed, you should assume they’re not.  I personally think it should be the other way around.  You call yourself my friend?  Then you’ll know chances are that I prefer to do things with my husband and child rather than without.  Common sense.  At any rate, why should even asking this question be discouraged?  By being insulted by the mere question, you’re just opening the door for miscommunication.

5. “My life didn’t have meaning before I had kids!”  The author seems to assume this statement of personal feeling implies something about their life without children.  To which I say, if that’s how you feel, the problem is with you, not me!  I have not ever personally uttered this phrase because I don’t feel my life was meaningless before, just that it has more meaning now.  But if I was to say it to a non-parent, it would not be to infer that I think their life is consequently meaningless, it would just be a statement of how I felt.

A couple of weeks ago I ran across a question on Yahoo! Answers asking people what they thought of a restaurant that banned kids under 18 (not a bar, a restaurant.)  Almost without exception, the “answerers” were either under eighteens who felt this was insulting and discriminatory, and responses like “This is a great idea!,” full of inferences that if a person had an upset toddler they couldn’t possibly  be a good parent.  Let me tell you guys a secret…

I used to feel this way. 

But– and you may not want to hear it– this IS one thing you can not know until you have your own kid… no matter what you think you’d do, or how you “plan” to be with your kids (should you wish to have them,) it is subject to change; you never really know what you’ll feel comfortable doing until you have to do it.  I always thought if my kid acted up, I’d just bust her ass the way my mom did my sis and I when we were kids.  We aren’t “emotionally scarred” (not much anyway.lol.)  But now that I have a daughter, I find myself loath to lay a hand on her in anger.  It’s just not how I want our relationship to be.  I’m not the same disdainful towards kids person I was before.  

And the fact is that some people seem to forget that children are people too.  They have feelings and thoughts and needs, and often not the maturity to frame them properly.  And yet, by the way some adults behave, that sometimes never changes.  Some people forget that they were kids once too.

At any rate, where’s the list of things that childless people shouldn’t say to parents, like telling us how to raise/discipline our kids, and or (#1) comparing their dog to our kids?  My cats and dogs have always been like family to me, my furry kids.  But…they do not require the same time, attention, or responsibility as a real child.  Deal with it.

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Ha! Joke’s on you! My kid already knows how to swear!

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