Sunday, September 30, 2007
Freedom From Speech
This afternoon (Sept. 30), I'm chairing a panel at Broadmoor Community Church involving the police chief, reporters, and activists discussing the St. Patrick's Day arrests in Colorado Springs. I'd like to thank Colorado's moronic neolithic neocon columnist Mike Rosen for providing me perfect grist for the mill with his Friday column on the Gainesville taser incident. Rosen seems to think that whenever free speech becomes annoying, it's time to bring out the chokeholds and tasers. He resonates with the large number of American citizens who think there's some kind of amendment protecting their right to enjoy entertainment events undisturbed, without some crazy person pontificating who should have been relegated to a "free speech zone." Paine and Jefferson are spinning in their graves. The only right to protection FROM free speech consists in walking away from the speaker.