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  •  In Praise of Reading (1+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye

    "it is not the GOVERNMENT stopping [Limbaugh] from being heard and Congress has not done anything to prevent him from being heard.
    seriously, do you people ever even read the First Amendment?"

    From one of the first few posts in this thread:

    "Freedom of speech, as a constitutional protection, protects only government aggression against freedom, not your private action [against Limbaugh]"

    I certainly agree with you that reading is a wonderful thing and I join with you in encouraging it.

    •  i have read the post you quoted (10+ / 0-)

      in fact, it is the comment I am responding to.

      if you truly believe that

      Freedom of speech, as a constitutional protection, protects only government aggression against freedom, not your private action [against Limbaugh]"
      then there should be no "But" that follows.

      any "inherently individual human concept of right and fairness" must include the right of people who disagree with what someone is saying to tell other people about their disagreement.

      if that persuades others to withdraw their support from the offensive speech, that is fine.

      the answer to offensive speech is more speech.

      Our speech.

      Our speech telling people that Limpbaugh is hateful and that we will not purchase products from anyone who helps pay his salary or in any way makes it possible for him to continue his bigoted attacks.

      They are free to support him and we are free to refuse to support them.  And everyone is still free to talk about it.

      "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."

      by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 07:52:56 AM PST

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      •  Above Is One Of the Best Posts in Thread (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks. You crystalize my ambivalence about this.

        Essentially I agree with the right of "Clear Channels" and the other groups to do what they did, also.

        It just makes me very, very uncomfortable, no, sick. But I basically think you're probably correct.

        When the dust settles though, if the effort is successful, I will support Limbaugh's right to an audience of fools.

        I guess not so much because you and the vigalante but legal censors don't have your right, as you point out that's a freedom too, always has been, but just because my stomach can't cope with a political voice being hounded into silence by a mob, however legal.  

        •  he has a right to an audience of fools (3+ / 0-)
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          if the fools choose to put up enough money to support him, fine.

          but i do not see any reason why I should help fools support someone I do not support by purchasing their products.

          Not only that, some of the sponsors just didn;t know what he had been saying, and once the hate speech was pointed out to them, it was the sponsors' own decision to stop advertising with him, even absent the threat of a boycott.

          Mitt Romney's political voice was silenced bv a mob also.   That doesn't mean I should give money to him, or Bain, or his SuperPACs, or do business with anyone else who does.

          your idealism is misplaced here.  I doubt if we will ever agree.  but i do thank you for the positive comments in your post.

          "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."

          by TrueBlueMajority on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 09:54:38 AM PST

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        •  A "political voice being hounded into silence"? (0+ / 0-)

          Good grief, he's a huckster selling a product, no more, no less.  When a product is harmful it should be taken off the shelves, like Tylenol with cyanide in it.

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