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Pucker Up For Free Speech


cjones05042017

With freedom of speech being perhaps our strongest guarantee you have to take the good with the bad.

While we celebrate Martin Luther King telling us that he had a dream, we have to stomach Ann Coulter vomiting up such filth as “It would be a much better country if women did not vote,” and “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.”

A lot has been made of Ann Coulter’s speech being cancelled at Berkeley. Did they cancel her to shut her up or was it because of concerns for her safety? I don’t think anyone should ever protest Coulter just for the simple reason that she likes it. I get that because I love my hate mail. When you protest Coulter that gives her more to cry about, more press coverage, and bigger paychecks and book deals. She’s already written 12. Do you want to help her publish another?

I support the likes of Ann Coulter speaking freely but don’t make a mistake about her. She’s not a champion of freedom of speech. First off, she has to get paid and she’s more of a brand than anything. Second, she’s an opponent of facts and information.

It’s fair to criticize and question the press. We should always question where information comes from. That’s how the press gets their information. But anyone targeting the press, such as Donald Trump and Ann Coulter, are not champions of freedom of the press or freedom of speech. They’re only champions for their speech which is what they accuse liberals of.

The other day I saw a comment from a conservative friend who wrote “the trust is gone with any print or media. I do think that Carlson and Hannity speak the most truth. Maybe because I want to believe in something on the air.” All she needs to believe in something, like our president, is the desire to believe it. She doesn’t need facts. She needs confirmation bias. And if anything is contradictory to what this person wants to believe, then it’s fake news.

Any person who paints the media as having a liberal agenda, including your parents who you can’t discuss politics with anymore, is an opponent of free speech. They’re an opponent because they’re telling a lie, or in most cases, repeating a lie. They want to shut down what they disagree with. A poll came out Thursday that revealed 52% of Republicans believe Obama spied on Trump. That’s some serious bullshit to be consuming there. It’s like all the Republicans who choose to believe Obama is a Kenyan-Muslim coming to take your guns. Any newspaper or network which tells you the facts about each of those will be labeled “fake news” by conservatives. Isn’t it funny that information now has opponents?

While I wouldn’t cry if Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart, and Infowars all went out of business, I support their right to exist and feed the ignorant dumbasses of our nation. But they’re not champions of free speech either since it’s not as much conservative opinion they’re dishing out (which is fine), but false information. I also want Fox News to stick around just so conservatives can have their media and not get the irony when they complain about the “lame-stream media,” that Fox News has the most viewers.

That’s the price of free speech. Sometimes when you kiss the toad you don’t get a prince or MLK. What you get is some “God-Hates-Fags” fucker from Westboro or Ann Coulter.

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Smell That Freedom


cjones02042017

Many people say you lose a political argument when you make a comparison to Hitler or Nazis. The exception to this is when you’re talking about actual Nazis. You are allowed to compare fascists with fascists.

And I know it’s not entirely fair to compare people like Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler. For comparison’s sake, Hitler actually wrote his own book without a ghostwriter.

When it comes to Trump and his Trumpanzees I don’t want to go overboard with the comparisons to Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Nixon, Palpatine, Klansmen, Dr. Evil, Sergeant Schultz,  Oompa Loompas, etc.

The First Amendment guarantees our freedom of speech. Hell, I make my living from it. I believe that even horrible and atrocious viewpoints have the same rights I do. You have to allow the Westboro crazies to assemble and wave signs reading “God hates fags,” but you don’t have to let them in your house.

So while universities like Berkeley are bastions for opposing viewpoints their students and the public have the freedom to say they don’t want to provide the platform for a speaker with racist ideas.

Milo Yiannopoulos is an editor for Breitbart and he is a racist and a bully. He’s started a scholarship program open only to white male students (because white guys never get breaks). He received a lifetime ban from Twitter for bullying actress Leslie Jones for her role in the Ghostbusters remake. There were a lot of reasons not to like that movie other than a black chick being in it. Seeing that this guy is a racist troglodyte and expresses horrible views, why would you want him in your house? Have you ever tried to Scotchgard an entire university?

When Milo speaks at a campus he brings white supremacists. The white supremacists bring recruiters. They encourage and promote horrible ideas to be inflicted upon minorities. I can understand why people may not want that element hanging around funking up the place.

Students protested. Then a bunch of bad people showed up in masks and started to trash businesses and started fires. If there’s any further proof that these vandals weren’t part of the liberal protesters, they trashed a Starbucks. Liberals would never trash a coffee house. Especially one that financially supports liberal causes and that conservatives are currently boycotting. So while it’s safe to drink a mocha in an environment without someone dropping an N-bomb, a flaming garbage can may come flying through the window.

UC Berkeley eventually cancelled Milo’s speech out of safety concerns, but he still led a rally on the campus for his racist supporters.

Donald Trump was upset at the activists and expressed the opinion that maybe federal funding should be pulled from universities that discourage free speech. Two things about that: The university invited the Nazi, so you can’t say they discourage free speech. The second thing is, Trump is against free speech. His administration is gagging federal employees.

Conservatives love to tout how liberals prevent them from expressing their ideas. Really? You want to tag yourself with the racist ideas of Yiannopoulos and claim that’s standard conservatism? You want to claim him as one of you? OK then. He’s one of you guys. You can have him.

By the way, while you’re complaining about violence at liberal protests you’re conveniently forgetting there have been 172 documented hate crimes on college campuses since Donald Trump’s election.

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