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txtiarosa Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 2:56 AM
No, Chip, he becomes Bill Clinton or Al Gore. The hippies have mutated into big government leftists. Rednecks didn't give us free speech-it's a natural right which government has no right to limit.
SMyles Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 6:01 PM
"It isn't free speech worthy of being protected" Spoken like a true small minded redneck. I'm an Alabamian libertarian redneck hippy BTW. lol What an anomaly huh?
Chip. Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 11:27 AM
Sounds like free speech is working well in Alabama. Free speech assumes some shared reality and experience, and was not intended to enshrine any form of cultural radicalism. If it doesn't pass the stomach cramp test, it isn't free speech worthy of being protected.
Chip. Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 11:16 AM
Yes, txtiarosa. Clinton and the other leftist radicals may have looked somewhat like hippies in their early days, but they had leftist agendas and attitudes. I don't perceive hippies in this way.

Stossel, on the other hand, seems a peace-and-love type hippie where everybody and everything is cool, to the point of causing stomach upset.
Illbay Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 9:19 AM
I find the idea of the "redneck" protecting speech he doesn't agree with to be quite novel - having grown up in Alabama with a whole bunch of 'em.

We take free speech for granted in America, unlike elsewhere. The furor over that anti-Muslim video is the latest reminder of that.

But freedom of speech is never safe, even here. Many colleges now impose "civility codes." Civility is nice, but enforcing a "civility rule" against offensive speech would put an end to lots of useful provocative speech. As a University of North Carolina student put it, "A picture of Mitt Romney would offend 70 percent of residence hall students."

Taping my Fox Business Network show at UNC, I also learned that the college, to "protect" women, had dropped...