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Friday, October 31, 2008
R.F.S.* can strike at any time. Won't you help?
R.F.S. is short for Rock F*#king Stupidity, which everyone's favorite current governor of Alaska has shown once again, this time in an interview on a friendly, right wing talk radio show. Here's the money quote.
"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."
A lot of people get the First Amendment wrong, but Sarah Barracuda is shootin' at the wrong basket! When you say something in public, other folks have the right to disagree with you! That's you usin' your First Amendment rights, and other folks usin' their First Amendment rights.
The freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment isn't a magic rule that says you get to say whatever you want without any consequences, but that Congress shall make no law to restrict anyone's freedom of speech. Of course, there are exceptions, like inciting a riot or threatening the life of a public official, and some original intent pinheads think the states can make laws abridging freedom of speech.
But the beauty pageant runner up went completely brain dead on this one. If she wants a place where she doesn't have to fear the mainstream media, maybe she should move to Russia. Vladimir Putin doesn't take a lot of crap from the press over there anymore. Even better, she should get some smart guy to invent a time machine so she can live under Uncle Joe Stalin. You can bet your bottom dollar (or your last red ruble) he didn't live in fear of attacks from the media!
Some on the right want to clean house after the election and make membership in the new party contingent on loyalty shown to Sarah Palin. Go ahead, comrades! You are well within your First Amendment rights! And it gives solid evidence that in some situations, R.F.S. may highly contagious.