If people were asked about actor Michael Richards' epithet-laced outburst at a Los Angeles nightclub, there would be a lot of focus on the verbal assault but very little on an assault on freedom of speech. In truth, however, if there's anything at all relating to this story that rises above gossip-column fodder, it's that it's also fuel for demagogues who seek control over discourse in America.
Representing the two targets of Mr. Richards' bile, Frank McBride and Kyle Doss, "civil rights" attorney Gloria Allred appeared on Hannity and Colmes Thanksgiving eve. The stone-faced Allred opened with a very telling assertion, boldly proclaiming, "This is not free speech, this is hate speech!"
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Meanwhile, the crooks and liars at the blog of the same name are deathly frightened of Newt Gingrich's suggestion that the country will be forced to re-examine free speech as it attempts to deal with the terrorism:
a "different set of rules" may be needed to reduce terrorists' ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message.
"We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade,"
I am, of course, waiting to see the site champion Michael Richard's racist rant, which Gloria Alred insists isn't free speech, but is "hate speech". I will be waiting until the cows come home, I fear, because the minions of the left are incapable of making such an abstract connection. To them, "hate speech" is any speech they happen to oppose, and it most certainly does not include speech by those poor, oppressed terrorists (terrorism doesn't actually exist in their minds except as a natural response to the evil of American Imperialism, Bush, or Israeli oppression--take your pick). For them, it is only really truly "hate speech" if the hate is directed at one of their specially-designated victim groups who are deemed to require special laws to protect their civil rights. Did you know that the left is deeply concerned about religious intolerance....but only for Muslims (one of their newest addition to their special victims unit) and NOT, of course, for the pervasive and nitpicking intolerance they routinely exhibit toward any symbol, word, or expression of Christianity. Now, isn't that shocking?
This sort of cognitive dissonance and intellectual insanity is not because they are particularly ignorant of the U.S. Constitution. Rather, it is because as Duke suggests, they have a very specific political agenda that has been slowly but surely changing American society into their utopia. This "social engineering" on their part doesn't give a damn about free speech except insofar as it can be used to forward their socialist agenda. It doesn't give a damn about freedom of religion, except insofar as it can be used to forward their socialist agenda.
In short, it doesn't give a damn about the US Constitution, except insofar as it can be convoluted and manipulated to create their socialist paradise, where real freedom of speech---including the freedom to be offensive and (gasp) hurt other people's feelings---is but a dream; and real freedom of religion wouldn't exist anyway because they don't believe in God in the first place.
To extend the cognitive dissonance even further, they will defend to the death the terrorist's "rights" to kill us and plot against us; but poor Michael Richards (who probably is undoubtedly a racist) must be thrown to the PC wolves for daring to utter his brand of hate speech, while Danny DeVito remains a darling (isn't he soooo cute?) because his hate is directed at an acceptable recipient.
Other acceptable recipients (besides Bush and Cheney) in case you haven't figured it out, are: America, Israel, Anyone who supports America or Israel; Jews, Republicans, (and that includes Black Republicans and Gay Republicans, in particular, who are frequently singled out for hate speech that is specially designated for "race traitors" and "hypocritical" Gays--i.e., the one's who prefer to keep their sex lives private).
In The Political Left and their Totalitarian Dreams, I said:
What interests me is the transformation of the Democratic Party into a tool that every major enemy of this country--from the North Vietnamese, to the Soviets, to the Syrians all the way up to the present day-- has been able to use to advance their objectives at the expense of America. As Feldman notes, this does indeed give new meaning to the term "opposition party".
It also give new clarity to one of the issues that I have talked about on this blog repeatedly, and that is the complete betrayal by the political left in this country of the values and freedoms upon which the U.S. was founded.
How easily they deceived themselves (if it was deception at all) into thinking that they had more in common with the communist party leadership of the USSR than with the duly elected president of the U.S. How easily people like John Kerry supported and enabled the dictators of North Vietnam. Is it any susrprise at all that today, in our war on terror, that this same political party and the same deluded base that animates them see the terrorists as the oppressed victims and the US as the evil oppressors?
Good grief, they have been acting out this drama for over half a century now, and they've got the "good guys" and the "bad guys" clearly identified in their own minds it seems.
And the U.S. has NEVER been the "good guy" from their point of view. This rather incredible consistency on their part demonstrates a dedication and committment to the principles of tyranny, as well as both a hatred for this country and an unquenchable lust for power, that is difficult to imagine could originate in the heart of any American--let alone elected representatives of this country.
The left's dream is America's nightmare, as one by one the values and freedoms that America once stood for are quietly undermined and stripped away (for our own good, naturally) and replaced by the totalitarian utopia run by the morally superior and unconditionally self-righteous political left who always know what is best for all.
In the beautifully dark place that America will become under the guidance of the left's social engineering programs and political correctness tribunals; in that wonderful socialist paradise where everyone is finally forced to be "equal" in all possible ways and for all possible outcomes; not only will we lose freedom of speech and freedom of religion; but we will discover to our dismay, that all the precious liberties that America once stood for have also disappeared.
[We may also discover that one of those "special victim groups"--specifically the terrorist fanatics that the left seems hell-bent on protecting to the death--have a parallel and even darker agenda lined up for the useful idiots who enable them--but that is for another post. Suffice it to say that for now, at least, the useful idiots of the left have convinced themselves that an alliance with terrorists and despots is to their political advantage.]
In this socialist darkness, the beacon of liberty--the lamp once held high to greet those who came to America to find freedom in an unfree world --will have finally been extinguished by the creeping and oh so seductive tyranny of the political left.