I know right off the bat this topic is going to get me in trouble. But as my largest point of contention or theme so to speak in writing has been to expose hypocrisy and likewise lies, I think this is important. Both of these men are guilty of doing the same thing. Obviously everyone right now is talking about how Rush Limbaugh called a law student names that were uncalled for and I for one am not going to defend him. He knew what he was doing and he can take his lumps like a grown man.
But what about Bill Maher who did the same thing in reference to Sarah Palin? He called her the C-Word which is slightly worse according to women I talk to and was also un-called for. Where was the moral outrage over that uncalled insult. Like I said before, these two were made for each other and perhaps they should get married in a state that allows it. As a Libertarian as well, heck, why not allow them the freedom that they so desire obviously?
The latest threat to free speech (And freedom in general) is not really a threat per se, but more the implications of the precedent that is currently being set. This threat is rather insidious in that lies are being told by omission and/or through half-truths set to deceive people of what the actual truth is. To be fair, this is true in just about every free democracy today. In this case among others, some speech is considered free and championed and speech of the same type from a different viewpoint is termed hateful rhetoric”,”racist” , and even “radical.” This double standard of where speech of one type is termed “heroic” and the same style of speech elsewhere is termed “radical” is a double-standard where our own media is abusing the freedom of the press and where Governments as well are using this to insult and rather persecute people not based on what they say but based on their feelings and the political implications on the issue.
Take a recent site I found on “facts about Australia”. At this site at : http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2698.htm It says among other things the following:
“Gillard is pursuing her campaign promises to build a national broadband network and price carbon. ” But as I have written about before: this is false. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40EWX6TXgH4