Monday, June 25, 2007

George Will Links "Thought Police" to McCain-Feingold

"Marriage is the foundation of the natural family and sustains family values. That sentence is inflammatory, perhaps even a hate crime.

At least it is in Oakland, Calif. That city's government says those words, italicized here, constitute something akin to hate speech and can be proscribed from the government's open e-mail system and employee bulletin board.

When the McCain-Feingold law empowered government to regulate the quantity, content and timing of political campaign speech about government, it was predictable that the right of free speech would increasingly be sacrificed to various social objectives that free speech supposedly impedes. And it was predictable that speech suppression would become an instrument of cultural combat, used to settle ideological scores and advance political agendas by silencing adversaries..." (Read the entire piece)

This at a time when we have allegations that Hillary Clinton and Barabra Boxer talking about a "legislative fix" to "curb" rightwing talk radio.

I don't care if you're the lefty-ist lefty of the far left crew --these stories should scare the crap out of you too. When we, who constantly brag about all of our freedoms, are being told how to think, what to say, what to feed our kids, what we can and can't watch and listen to...i think it's time to reevaluate what is most important to us. The "freedom" we talk about or the possibility of hurting someone's oversensitive feelings...

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