I’ve spoken about this before and I guess in some ways it’s a theme: there are certain kinds of liberals that make me hate being a liberal. Specifically, the kind that, when you make a statement like that, screech that making a statement like that automagically gets your privileges for the Alan Alda Room at the DNC revoked. It’s the type of liberal that now whines about how Obama let down his base by not having a gay pastor perform the invocation at his inauguration and cannot believe that he hasn’t rammed through a constitutional amendment legalizing gay marriage…conveniently forgetting that during the Logos debate he said he did not support gay marriage. These are the same liberals who complain about Obama not following through on his “anti-war” stance…conveniently forgetting that he said he was “anti-stupid” war. These are the people who, rather than looking at the reality of Obama as a pragmatist politician more than willing to compromise, reshaped him into a the god-like figure wingnuts mock him as. If you listened, and you didn’t have to listen terribly closely, it seemed obvious that while he’s a brilliant speaker and truly inspiring, when the hand hit the Bible a collective gasp of “WTF” would rise from a certain segment of the party.
It’s a sad fact that fascists exist at both ends of the political spectrum. “YOU VILL BELIEF AZ I DO OR YOU VILL SUVVER!” The only difference is that Republicans manage to put up a unified front where as Democrats just fracture and slit each other’s throats. Democrats don’t like other Democrats to disagree with them.
A group of people swarmed an event with the sole purpose of disrupting it and silencing the speaker. They shouted at the top of their lungs. They physically threatened others. They acted like animals. I could do nothing but shake my head at how far Americans had sunk in their quest to silence views they didn’t agree with.
No, I’m not talking about the recent townhalls. I’m talking about the time David Duke came to Boston for a debate.
It’s a pretty simple trick to accuse someone who’s stands up for free speech of defending racism. But free speech is free speech. When you start sorting “free speech” into “acceptable free speech” and “unacceptable free speech” it ceases being free. There is a HUGE difference between advocating for David Duke to be heard and supporting David Duke’s position. Willfully confusing those two concepts, in my opinion, is dishonest bordering on lying. Even more so when you hold yourself up as the last good liberal.
My oldest daughter came home one day from first grade. “Daddy,” she said with a look of knowingness, “is…………fuck……….a bad word.”
I said the only thing I could say. “No. It’s not a bad word. There are no bad words.”
She seemed relieved.
“BUT – it’s not a word that you should use. Not at your age. It’s inappropriate.”
I truly believe that there are no bad words. I’m not even sure there isn’t a thought that shouldn’t have the right to be expressed. Does that mean that I’m a racist? Sexist? Weightist? Does that mean I defend racism? Of course it doesn’t. And such charges are a blunt instrument unworthy of intelligent people.