In a week where people smooth ate chicken to express how much they hate gay people…I have something dumber. Wow, right?
Enter John Rocker. Remember John Rocker? He was the baseball player who hated everyone and gave rise to a parody that was way better than he would ever be.
This week he decided to pen an essay (really) about the contours of the First Amendment. And after reading his essay you begin to understand how conservatives divine “we are allowed to kill people on the street” out of the “well-regulated militia” of the Second Amendment.
The article begins:
Over recent years, it seems the term “free speech” has become more of an oxymoron than an absolute in our society. Technically, as our Founding Fathers intended, we are all given the undeniable right to voice our thoughts and opinions freely without fear of scorn and/or ridicule derived from non-agreement.
Yeah, none of that is true. It’s curious how Rocker took the sentence, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech” and divined “no private citizen should make fun of me for being a mentally deficient bigot?” I think he’s thinking of the Geneva Convention. Look it up! Certainly this is just a straw argument that Rocker is going to demolish to help us understand the common misconception that the First Amendment applies to private citizens.
Our “perfect” world was replaced many moons ago by the defective reality in which we are all forced to reside – and one of the most blatant areas to view the erosion of perfection is seen in the lack of ability many in this great country have to speak freely without fear of chastisement.
Or not. Without fear of chastisement? For all the “small government” shit these guys talk, they certainly want us all to be governmentally compelled to do stuff for their benefit, don’t they?
Over the past decades, media, in their infinite wisdom, have declared themselves judge, jury and executioner regarding what is acceptable and not so in the realm of exchanging ideas, thoughts and opinions. They also seem to be the ones who have created the “rule book” we all must follow – which over the years has gotten extremely complex with a tremendous array of double standards and finite logic regarding those to whom true freedom of speech actually applies.
OK we’ll move past the idea that Rocker is going to finally figure out Constitutional law. Or that a responsible editor is going to have the moment where he tells La Flama Blanca that he’s irresponsibly tossing out legal opinions unsupported by reality. This is just the conservative persecution complex writ large. The media “rule book” is too complex? No…it’s pretty straightforward. Don’t say stuff like “The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. I’m not a very big fan of foreigners.” That’s a pretty simple rule of thumb.
The seemingly more oppressed an individual and that individual’s group is the better. Let’s face it, some have the ability to wage verbal holocaust and go virtually unscathed in the court of public opinion, while similar thoughts or opinions voiced by one whose existence does not grant them immunity will most likely be subjected to scorn and public rebuke from all sides until penance has supposedly been paid.
God he’s whiny! I like the Holocaust trivialization in the middle there. Nice touch. Yes, the extermination of 6 million people is similar to calling you a jackass for saying “Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you’re [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids.” Adorable lad, ain’t he?
Those who fall into this unfortunate category had better watch their backsides with both eyes when discussing any topic with a script of politically correct verbiage that must be followed.
Well that’s just physically impossible.
According to most in media and some in the political arena, Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy did not follow the script outlined in the Manual of Political Correctness, Article 2, Subsection A5, regarding gay marriage.
For someone incapable of reading the one sentence in the actual United States Constitution, Rocker seems well-versed in the intricacies of this entirely fictional document.
To disagree on the validity and morality of gay marriage should not spawn hatred of one American versus another.
In fairness, disagreeing on the validity and morality of gay marriage is ACTUALLY spewing hatred on other Americans.
Media have an obligation to report without the inclusion of bias, not to use their public forum to promote a social or political agenda when words are spoken they deem to be inappropriate and have come from someone to whom they have not granted asylum.
Actually the media have no such obligation and indeed I’d argue that the worst thing to happen to the media is the staunch belief that “objectivity” requires them to let lies go through unchecked lest be blamed for exhibiting “bias” against the liar. Also, Rocker is tossing out a bunch of highfalutin 10 cent words here. Good job kid.
“I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.” (Voltaire)
On this I will just quote Wonkette “Voltaire of course never said this, but then again John Rocker isn’t going to defend to the death your right to say anything either, so it works out.”