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Barack Obama:
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Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Freedom of Speech (Depending on What You Say, of Course)

Beware the Central Committee for the Enforcement of Orthodox Speech. Exhibit 1. Exhibit 2.

Comments on "Freedom of Speech (Depending on What You Say, of Course)"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:10 PM) : 

Exhibit 3.



Blogger Gentleman Farmer said ... (5:17 PM) : 

The anonymous commenter points to signing of the "broadcast indecency" law, which greatly increases the fines that may be imposed on broadcasters for "indecency."

The airwaves are public property, the use of which is granted to private parties by the Government. As such, the people (through their Government) are entitled to place whatever restrictions on their use as they might wish. If ABC wants to broadcast unattractive female breasts 24/7, then they ought to go into the cable, internet, or print publishing business, where they can do what they want.

That is not even close to the same thing as regulating (and banning) entirely political speech, or firing a public official for stating that homosexual activity is deviant sexual behavior, a simple statement of fact. (These being the two "exhibits" referenced in the main post.)


Anonymous 'chesty' said ... (12:16 PM) : 

ahh, yes. believe it or not, i've spent some time in countries where all property is public property and "the people" have "chosen" to restrict the freedom of their own speech. such restrictions on the freedom of public discourse are ugly in all of their forms.

however, i do see some value in attempting to regulate campaign finances in order to combat corruption and promote democracy. i also see some practical value in dismissing an individual from any organization who abuses his stature to take a controversial public political stance. i do not, though, see any value in a government bureaucracy dictating taste and decency to the general public. in fact, i'm pretty appalled by the idea.


Blogger Gentleman Farmer said ... (10:15 PM) : 

What are you talking about?


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