The musings of one Andrew Langer - defender of liberty, passionate protector of individual rights, foodie. (Note: Said Musings of Andrew Langer are his own, and the views represented herein are likewise his views, and not the views of any other people, entities, foodstuffs, etc [unless otherwise specifically and explicitly noted].)

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Parallels to be Drawn...

I hadn't really thought about it until my friend, Cajun Tiger, commented, but there are parallels to be considered between my two posts from yesterday. Both Howard Stern and the activists from the Free Enterprise Fund have had the heavy-hand of government raised before them because of what they have said in the media.

And I guess my point is that we can't pick and choose whose speech we're going to protect - everybody doesn't like something that someone else says, and if you attack someone else for their speech there's nothing to stop someone else from attacking your's - witness the movement by the progressives to attack conservative speech on college campuses.

Of course, it's even more insidious when that heavy hand is thrust by the government official whose actions are being criticized against those who are criticizing him. There is little more sacred in our American system than the right of citizens to produce and distribute at their own expense critiques of people or organs of our government.

- Andrew Langer


Blogger Cajun Tiger said...

very interesting parallel indeed...that's why the Patriot Act scares me so much. Yeah, I may trust the Bush administation, but would be scared to death of the same powers and then some in the hands of a Clinton administration.

December 17, 2005 9:52 PM

Blogger Andrew Langer said...

Remember, CT - the issue isn't necessarily GOP vs DNC, or even progressives versus conservatives. It's statists versus anti-statists.

It's something I've written about before, and need to pick up on again: the failings of the social movement of the 60s was their desire to substitute one over-reaching government for one of their own.

The problem is, the mega-state is the mega-state. You put massive powers in the hands of the state and they are going to be abused.

So the solution is to shrink the size of the state. Take those powers _BACK_ from the government so that they _CANNOT_ be abused. Punish those who _DO_ abuse their powers.

December 17, 2005 10:37 PM

Blogger Cajun Tiger said...

Can't agree more!!!

December 18, 2005 9:52 AM

Blogger Cajun Tiger said...

Oh...I don't think you should use progressives. They are trying to change from liberal to progressive in the public perception. Let's not help them with that PR battle.

December 18, 2005 9:54 AM


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