Image; The Peoples Cube.
Most people are all for freedom of speech but unfortunately in these times most accept the idea that there should be some sort of caveat on its application. In its simplest form, the reference to yelling fire in a crowded theatre is quoted. It is arguable as to whether the lack of fire yellers is due to caveats, or just a lack of people who want to do so.
Unfortunately, once one restriction is enacted calls for a wish list of others are bound to follow. As result we now have a raft of restrictions based on just about every politically correct wish list in the book, right down to the rather silly idea that there is some sort of right to be free of anything that might offend you. The problem then is that once the rot sets in, things only get worse.
It is noted that the US taxpayer has provided the White House with a new “Ministry for Korrect Thought,” position with the rather fascinatingly described role of: “helping coordinate rapid response to unfavorable stories and fostering and improving relations with the progressive online community.”
Cynics might argue that the progressive online community is not the one that they need to foster better relations with. Anyway, MRC TV decided to check out whether the progressive community really felt that enough was being done to shut those bloody conservatives up, sending a reporter out with a petition demanding:
"The undersigned hereby adamantly demand that the United States government shut down right wing hate sites. The hate speech propagated by sites like the Drudge Report, Hot Air, Instapundit, Big Government, and others must not be allowed to corrupt our political discourse any longer. These sites are dangerous not only to truth and freedom but also to our society as a whole. BAN THEM NOW!" Here is the result:
Some of the responses are; “There has to be some control,” “I mean, freedom of speech is good, but, there is a certain modicum of control — I mean, look at the Tea Party.” and “it can cause a lot of debate.” My personal favorite is that “I support the First Amendment, but its not something this country needs any more.”
The slippery slope is looking closer.