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July 16, 2004

Whoopi's Misunderstanding « Politics As Usual »

She said:

"America's heart and soul is freedom of expression without fear of reprisal," she said in a statement.

No. Dead wrong. There is nothing in the US Constitution that protects you from the social, political, and economic consequences of acting or speaking irresponsibly.

When will these childish, immature people understand: You can say what you want, but you need to think about who might hear it and what they might think. America's true heart and soul is that, as a society, we try to ensure that all actions and statements are rewarded or punished appropriately.

We ensure that Whoopi won't be fed feet-first into a plastic shredder for insulting President Bush for making sure people like her are no longer fed feet-first into a plastic shredder in Iraq.*

*although it's a little long, you can steal this quote, too.

Posted by Nathan at 10:04 AM | Comments (3)
» The Owner's Manual links with: Whoopi - not clear on the concept

Lots of liberals get this wrong. Freedom of Speech means free from legal consequences from the government. It does not mean free from consequences from private parties.

Posted by: Brainster at July 16, 2004 11:07 AM

Well, it's sad to see what America has co me down to. We expect this kind of treatment from dictatorship country which we are trying to supposedly liberating, yet we are doing what exactly the people in those countries that we so said are being oppressed and dictated... slightly fortunate for America that it's not by the governemrnt, so we can't say it's dictatorship; but when it's being do ne by the people and busnisses or private sector of the country it is co nsidered bureaucracy. Close enough, I would say. There is no where in the US constitution or it's Amendment where it specified what kind of freedom, to what extent should it be freedom. SLimFast have contradic themselves by even admitting that Whoopi's statement does not in any ways reflect the views and values of their organization, so if it does not; why Whoopi's personal/political statement/ opinion and views are being met with such reprisal from the media and Specifically from SlimFast. It is such hypocracy on their part that for the very same reason they have hired her (her boldness, blatant and all out in your face attitude)seem to be the same reason why they have fired her. So her personality is good only when it profits them and it's embarrasing when it's not... That is so sad. If you know or have been watching Whoopi (such a free spirited woman) you would know that that was no surprise and she's where she is now in her succes because of her personality which everyone have done been accepted. So why is that now it's the wrong attitude when her statement is toward the BUSH and Cheney administration. It sickens me when Americans of all poeple are treating people this way... then we are blaming ohter government and other people for their extreemist views and mentalities when ours might as well be on the same chapter as theirs.

Posted by: Wilgeen's Rosemberg at July 19, 2004 12:23 AM

What you aren't getting, Wilgreen's Rosemberg, is that if things were the way you seem to want them, you would be forcing people to not speak or express themselves to ever criticize liberals, but you won't give that same treatment to conservatives. If what you want were actually enforced, Whoopi would never have been allowed to criticize President Bush in the first place, because she would have been squashing his free speech by criticising him.
It can't be stated any more clearly than it already has been, but I'll try: Everyone has the right to free speech, including the people who criticize liberals, including the people who boycott products that liberals endorse, including the people who boo people like Natalie Raines of the Dixie Chicks.

Honestly, what America is coming to that is making you sad seems to be an America in which people expect liberals to use logic rather than invective, an America in which people don't automatically believe and accept whatever a liberal entertainer says.

That, my friend, is a good thing.

Posted by: Nathan at July 19, 2004 06:46 AM
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