Double standards on speech

Posted: Mar 09, 2007 9:29 AM
Double standards on speech

Joy Behar, one of the hosts of ABC-TV’s “The View”, announces that she’s delighted that Vice-President Cheney is “in trouble” and that his recent health scare, a potentially life-threatening blood clot in his leg, is due to his “lying.”

The studio audience cheers.

HBO’s Bill Maher, who was relegated to cable after being canned from ABC for praising the 9/11 hijackers as brave (and our military as cowardly), attempts to make the case that the world would be a better place had assassins successfully murdered Mr. Cheney in Afghanistan.

Nobody seems to mind.

Did you ever stop and wonder what some of these vicious, angry, bitter, mean-spirited liberals are like in real life?

I mean, surely someone loves Joy Behar. Bill Maher has to have some friends and family. These are people who undoubtedly have had loved ones sick or in trouble.

So why do they have a missing “decency gene” when it comes to Republican leaders?

I truly cannot begin to comprehend how a TV studio audience of a bunch of bored housewives could clap and hoot and holler for a loud-mouthed comedienne making fun of a sitting Vice-President’s health crisis.

It’s inconceivable to me that a man like Bill Maher can collect a big, fat paycheck while publicly pining for the murder of our commander-in-chief’s right-hand man while this great country is smack dab in the middle of a war.

Politics aside, I often wonder how these people can look themselves in the mirror.

On a purely personal level, I doubt that Joy Behar or Bill Maher have ever spent any one-on-one time with President Bush or Vice-President Cheney. I’ve been fortunate to do so, and it’s pretty obvious that these are decent, caring, compassionate men who want what’s best for the United States. After my nearly two-hour meeting with the President in the Oval Office, I walked away convinced that he spends practically every waking moment of his day trying to keep us safe from another terrorist attack. Cheney has spent a lifetime of distinguished public service to his country.

And yet these good men are routinely trashed by the likes of Maher and Behar (and Rosie O’Donnell, Alec Baldwin, Al Franken, Frank Rich, and on and on) to a degree that should make any civil person cringe.

Heck, I don’t think Osama bin Laden himself has had anything said about him as nasty as the things the left likes to say about the Bush Administration.

And yet when Ann Coulter makes a joke about the dopey act of running off to rehab for saying a bad word, liberals – and a few conservatives – go positively apoplectic. Once again, Ms. Coulter finds herself in the cross-hairs of righteously indignant people who can’t believe how crass she can be.

Let’s see, what’s worse: a schoolyard taunt about a presidential candidate or laughing about blood clots and wishing for the assassination of the number two man to the leader of the free world?

It’s not even close.

In another time, folks like Bill Maher and Joy Behar would be tied to a pole, given a blindfold and cigarette, and executed for treason.

These days…well, I guess it’s just entertainment.