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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Racism vs Free Speech

So much has been said over Don Imus and his nappy comments that I've tuned out the debate. But Ron Paul cuts through the hype and puts it clearly:
The controversy surrounding remarks by talk show host Don Imus shows that the nation remains incredibly sensitive about matters of race, despite the outward progress of the last 40 years. A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.

The young women on the basketball team Mr. Imus insulted are over 18 and can speak for themselves. It’s disconcerting to see third parties become involved and presume to speak collectively for minority groups. It is precisely this collectivist mindset that is at the heart of racism.

Ron Paul goes on to denouce the calls for curtailed free speech, citing the First Amendment, "which states unequivocally that, 'Congress shall make NO law.'" You may read the entire article, Government and Racism, here.

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

This whole episode has little or nothing to do with the First Amendment. The government didn't fire Imus. CBS and MSNBC did.

It does have to do with our ridiculous culture. The Rutgers BB players should have simply told Imus "we won the national championship. F*** off." Not "oh I'm sure injured. Boo hoo."

We've become a nation of thin skinned crybabies.

And who the heck is Ron Paul?

8:34 AM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

There are kooks who are calling for government imposed curbs on free speech over this.

Paul's article also discusses how government policy fosters the cultural divisions among racial and other lines. Read it.

Oh, please, you know who Ron Paul is. I may have mentioned him once or twice.

9:01 AM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

I think Paul (whoever he is) makes an interesting point - that we have this collective mentality towards race.. that people are somehow appointed leaders of a particular race..which becomes their only credential for being such a leader (that they are of a particular race).

I'm glad people like Dave Paul have the courage to bring these arguments to the forefront.

10:56 AM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No less a luminary than Oprah has begun something of a crusade on the issue, insisting that the double standard over the language of Don Imus NOT be permitted from rap musicians and other members of the "black culture," either. Some of them, hypocritically enough, make big money for Disney and CBS. It will be interesting to follow this, though it's probably a flash in the pan.

J. Ewing

11:28 AM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep pretending you don't know, that way you will look increasingly more foolish/ignorant as the word continues to spread about the greatest living embodiment of our Founders unsurpassed wisdom.

Dr. Ron Paul

Suggest a candidate with a better, documented voting record than Ron Paul...

They'd have to top the following short list. Hell, I'd settle for 80%:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

He is the antithesis of the general scum that get elected.

4:21 PM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that explains it, should have checked first.

Industry: Law
Occupation: Law
Interests* Tax Law


I think Paul (whoever he is)

What a wonderful time of intellectual dishonesty and wide spread phenomenon of "adults" in a perpetual state of selfish child arrested development we find ourselves. Consider where you would be now had your attitude existed when real men of selfless goodwill and wisdom were risking all to forge a Nation of inspired Law. Have you been a worthy steward of that legacy?

4:39 PM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

Dear Anonymous nutball:

That business about not knowing who Ron Paul is was something you are probably not familiar with: A joke.

Ms. Stebbing has posted about Ron Paul quite a bit, (notice she mentioned this in her reply?) so of course members of this blog know who he is.

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming of only allowing comments from members of the blog, who know each personally, and aren't humor impaired.

4:52 PM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Hey, that wasn't me posting anonymously (though that's an interesting idea). Pretty sure it wasn't Federal Farmer either. He doesn't talk to us anymore.

4:52 PM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

At first I thought the anonymous poster was J Ewing (who needs to get an account).

I very much enjoy Ron Paul's principles. In fact I agree with most of them (except for his views on National Defense).

However, we live in reality, not fantasy. Ron Paul constantly votes against his party, he sits out there alone by himself he only votes for himself... he has alienated many. He reminds me of the captain who always votes to go down with his ship, regardless of the others on board. He reminds me of someone who would vote for the democrats so that we can all learn a needed "lesson" suffering under government health care and higher taxes.

I dont live life as an all or nothing proposition. I have to constanly manage risk so I don't lose it all. Because when you have lost it all, there is none left to invest. Life is not about getting the average... it's about managing your highs and lows so that you are always gaining and never losing.

Yes, Ron Paul has principles. He stands for good things. I love getting excited about his views...
I just would never want him in my foxhole.

10:37 PM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

You'd be less likely to FIND yourself in a foxhole with Dr Paul as Prez. But it's true, and in keeping with libertarian philosophy, that you'd be mostly on your own, to succeed or fail, with much better odds of success.

8:33 AM, April 20, 2007  
Blogger hdhouse said...

John Adams was both a bright light of reason and an even brighter light of reasonableness.

You can give up trying to reason or be reasonable with Sloan. There are no facts to back anything up. There is just hot dogma faxed out of the feelgood wing of the white house.

We belong in Iraq as much as Sloan belongs to a blog associated with John Adams.

1:14 PM, April 25, 2007  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

I don't know who hdhouse is and don't care. Commenting on this blog is restricted to members of this blog, which hdhouse isn't. The settings somehow got changed to allow him to post. They have been changed back.

2:34 PM, April 25, 2007  

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