This blog is still alive, just in semi-hibernation. When I want to write something longer than a tweet about something other than math or sci-fi, here is where I'll write it.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Free Speech does NOT equal money, pinheads!
The Supreme Court decided these kids don't have the right to hold up this poster.
It used to be that free speech did not allow you to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theater. Now, free speech does not allow you to tell a joke if five pinheads with gavels shoved up their asses don't get that joke.
"Bong Hits 4 Jesus" is a good joke, a great punk rock, piss off old people joke. The handwritten, didn't really think about how to space the letters banner makes it even funnier.
I have been funny at times, but I don't think I've ever put together four words as funny as "Bong Hits 4 Jesus". When The Wonders of Science put out our first record in the 1980's, we decided to stick on bright orange labels that said "CONTAINS NO SATANIC MESSAGES". This was before Tipper Gore shoved the whole Advisory Label stuff down our throats. That was a pretty good joke. The labels were much more popular than the record, to be honest. But "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" is funnier.
Of course, The Supreme Court also decided to extend the worst court decision of the late 20th Century, the idea that money equals free speech and the restriction of campaign contributions (read bribes) is unconstitutional. The great writer A.J. Liebling once said "Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one." Now, freedom of speech has been put on the same class based unequal footing.
We tend to canonize the Founding Fathers in this country, but we shouldn't forget that they were ruling class guys. They just wanted to make sure that other ruling class jerks couldn't screw with them the way King George had tried to screw with them, and in writing the Constitution, their "don't tread on me" view of the world was extended to everyone they considered citizens. The great progress of this nation is the expansion of the definition of citizen. The great flaw was the expansion of the definition of person, where a corporation had the rights of a person, though the responsibilities of personhood are nearly impossible for a corporation to meet. Corporations have never had to meet the standards of citizenship, and in this day and age, they almost revel in not meeting those standards.
We need to get back on an equal footing, folks. We need to organize and raise hell and make it as hard as possible for the government to continue screwing with us. I don't want to be considered a "corrupter of youth" (didn't go well for Socrates), but if it takes Bong Hits 4 Jesus to wake this country up, then let's all get together at 4:20 in the parking lot and light that sucker up.