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Friday, August 22, 2003

Posted by Tanstaafl
August 2003, Part 3 - Jim Miller on Politics: "[Thursday]morning, Washington state's Democratic party chairman, Paul Berendt, said, on the Dave Ross talk show, 'We just want to use our Constitutional rights to free speech while we still have them.' When Ross challenged him on this, he cited the protests against the Dixie Chicks as an example of attacks on free speech, and never really backed off his original claim."

For the record, no one ever infringed upon the Dixie Chicks right to free speech. The right to free speech does not mean that private organizations like radio stations must provide you with a forum no matter what you say. If that's the case, I'd like to speak at next year's Democratic convention. The right to free speech simply means that the GOVERNMENT (not Clear Channels Communications) must not prevent you from speaking. You can't be thrown in the Gulag for speaking your mind. If the radio stations' listeners don't want to hear your music, no matter what their reasons may be, the radio stations have NO obligation to play it. The amazing thing to me, is that these same people who complain about this attack on free speech shout down conservative speakers on college campuses on a regular basis.


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