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Thursday, May 08, 2003

Tuning in, turning on, and dropping out

An interesting article by Linda A. Prussen-Razzano over at Enter Stage Right. Some excerpts:

Over the last several months, many celebrities, stars, and famous others have spoken against Operation Iraqi Freedom. They, like all Americans, have a God-given, inalienable, constitutionally enumerated right to voice their opinion. What they did not expect was a response: harsh criticism to their opinions, excoriating commentary, or the public actively avoiding their movies, books, music, etc. They embrace the right to freedom of speech when it allows their sentiments to be expressed, but are stunned when they find themselves on the receiving end.

It's about time.

...with ever increasing regularity, Conservatives dropped out. They made conscious choices to avoid channeling funds through ticket sales, record sales, advertising dollars, etc., to those celebrities, stars, and famous others who used their notoriety to promote anti-conservative messages...

The celebrities, stars, and famous others want us to believe there are "hateful" forces afoot, (no doubt a massive, secret orchestration by those evil Republicans) looking to deprive people of their rights and use extreme tactics to silence the opposition. If it comforts them to believe that, let them...

...the plain, simple truth is Conservatives are dropping out. They are rejecting the destructive lies of the liberal culture that say it's okay to kill over a million children in a womb every year, but we should lie naked in the street to prevent the death of a single child in Iraq. They are rejecting the lie that it's okay for your child to grow up a dysfunctional, drug-dependent, sexually confused, foul-mouthed miscreant, but a child who draws a picture of his dad in his military uniform and carrying a firearm needs psychological counseling and suspension. They are rejecting the lie that it's alright for Saddam to allow thousands of his people to be tortured, imprisoned in dungeons, starved, raped, and brutalized, but we are the evil ones for liberating them.

So go ahead, celebrities, star, and famous others, say what you want. I will defend to the death your right to say it, but it doesn't mean I have to listen to it, agree with it, or even acknowledge it. More importantly, I don't even have to acknowledge you. I don't have to support you with my discretionary income.

Since you are crying about it so incessantly, it seems a great number of Americans have realized they are free to tune in, turn on, and drop out, too.

9:56:00 pm