Freedom of speech threatened?

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Freedom of speech threatened?
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Sun, 01-16-2011 - 11:35am

As many of you know, I have a problem with Palin's gun sights and with some of the Tea Party's violent rhetoric. Many on this board have defended Palin. Palin herself has accused those who want the rhetoric toned down of interfering with free speech. At the filming of "This Week" one of the people who was shot twice, but lived, after the Arizona massacre, snapped a photo of a Tea Partier who was saying the it is inappropriate to talk about the vitriol until we, as a nation, have mourned more.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 11:18am
I'm sure I'm not alone in agreeing that everyone needs to take it down a level, even to the point of ignoring the loudest who refuse to be civil. >>>>

I just have a hard time believing that the queaky wheel won't be the one getting the oil all of a sudden. In a 24 hour news cycle, the loudest, least civil make good TV.

Just a bit of a sad commentary on the world. I was watching one of the Sunday morning news shows yesterday and my 13yo said, "Wow, they are really smart people talking about important things, it's really weird to see that on TV."

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Registered: 07-16-2008
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 11:23am
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It may be impractical but I can dream. And, I can do my part by changing the channel and not giving in to it. Luckily for me my kids don't leave me much tv time. ;-)
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 12:53pm
I don't listen to talk radio at all. Haven't in decades. That's my part. Radio is on in the car and it went from the top 40's to radio disney back to top 40's.

 


 


I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Registered: 07-16-2008
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 1:13pm
I don't either, I have no love for talk radio. I rarely watch the news and if I do 99% of the time it's local news of HLN to catch the top stories. I'd rather read the articles than hear them.
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Registered: 02-28-2008
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 2:31pm

Yeah I agree with you

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 10:25pm

I have a feeling the *vast* majority from both sides of the aisle agree with us. Palin and the Tea Party are the extreme right,

Oh, I hope you are right. the popularity of Beck, Palin and the Tea Partiers makes me think the the average conservative sees them as average conservatives.

I finally got back to view that second map. While at first, as I said, it seems similar to Palins, I think it is different in some key ways. First Palin's map emphasizes the link between the crosshairs and the person. The DCCC map does link to the person, but only by identifying the state and district first and mentioning the current rep. For those who are targeted on the DCCC map the tactic was clearly identified, for example:

Hello, I'm calling on behalf of House Democrats with an important message about the economy.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 10:33pm

The photographer has already apologized for his outburst. Kudos to him for acknowledging his mistake.

I won't hold my breath waiting for an indication of reflection by Palin, Beck or the Tea Party. I think for them saying you are sorry is a sign of weakness.

Also, the Tea Partier in an interview did not seem to respond to the outburst with fear as one would expect following an alleged death threat, but instead

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Registered: 02-28-2008
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 12:21am

legally speaking political speech is the only truly protected speech the close second to that is religious speech but only in certain settings like way away from the courthouse steps for example

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 7:03am

" It opens the door for people to insert their own ideas about what is common sense and how justified "fighting" is"

And by saying this can I surmise that you have a problem with people inserting their own ideas into their own heads about what is common sense? Who would you have be the inserter of ideas?

Sonny

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 7:09am

I am no legal scholar, but I am not sure that I, or the law, agree with your statement.

Since political speech is restricted from the pulpit, lest a church lose its tax exempt status, could we also argue, under your beliefs, that even politcal free speech is not protected in all circumstances?

Sonny