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August 3, 2010

Say “Nigger.” Say “Chink” or “Hymie” or “Heeb” or “Honkie,” “Cracker,” and “Fag.”
Say “Dweeb” or “Geek,” Say “Mick,” “Paddy,” “Yankee,” “Limey,” “Guid” or “Douchebag”
Draw Muhammad, build a mosque next to Ground Zero
Speak No Evil

I talked about the topic of sensitivity with a good friend of mine, and offensive language came up.

Now, I hold the belief that people should be able to do what they will. If they choose to drink and smoke themselves silly, so be it. If they choose to be the next Mother Teresa, good for them! As long as it does not force anything on someone else, it’s fine. (Mugging someone? Not cool, they don’t have a choice. Smoking in a restaurant? They can go somewhere else, if they REALLY don’t want it. Restaurants can disallow smoking to keep the non-smokers, or encourage it to attract the smokers.)

Doing what they will involves unconditional free speech. That terms even a little redundant. If there are conditions, it’s not truly “free,” now is it? Freedom makes each person more accountable. Trustworthiness and accountability accept much larger roles. “The Boy who Cried Wolf” is a tale I’m sure we’ve all heard at one point or another, and represents what importance responsibility over one’s own actions holds.

Not many people are willing to defend free speech. Some like the idea, but a lot of people think there should be a limit. They have the right to think that. I support their formation of the opinion, just not the opinion itself.
You show me the day that free speech is limited, and I’ll show you the day that it begins to fade forever
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” That was François-Marie Arouet, better known as “Voltaire.” I think this statement is the cornerstone of our lives, whether or not you agree with it. That being said, go ahead, say anything. If you feel like hurting someone, say something hurtful. Soothing someone? Something soothing. There is no reason for anyone to tell you that you cannot say something.

In fact, I’d say holding your tongue out of fear of another’s reaction is an affront to life itself.

And Here’s to tomorrow.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2010 6:37 am

    I bet you wish george bush was still president now

    • bleedblueandwhite permalink*
      August 16, 2010 12:42 pm

      Actually, I do not. His Patriot Act put people in fear of doing what they will.
      Letting people do their own thing seems to be something both parties have issues with

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