Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Conservatives and Free Speech

Got an interesting story from Rook's Rant. The short version is a copy editor at a Conservative Newspaper (the Pioneer Press of the Twin Cities) was suspended for three days for attending an Anti War Rally, and will be fired if he participates in another rally. That's nice, right?

"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." - Proverbs 28:1.

You may not see an obvious connection between that scripture and the story above; allow me to elucidate. It's a truism that a liar can't trust anybody else; being a liar he assumes everybody else is lying. Conservatives bang on about how their freedom of speech is being taken away through Political Correctness and Speech Codes and societal pressure and the Lib'rul media. Why are they so concerned about this? Because they damn well know that if they had the kind of power they imagine liberals as having, they would sure as hell shut us up.

The thing is we don't add anything to the discussion. I, being not 100% sure about my political views, enjoy debating with people who disagree with me. A Conservative, being 100% convinced that he is in the right, sees only one value in debating me; I might be converted to his side. But certainly he's not going to get anything out of it (except the satisfaction of having convinced someone to go along with him).

Something to consider.

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