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Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom from Consequences

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When ABC canceled its top-rated Roseanne revival because of vile racist comments by its star, Americans received another reminder that freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences.

No, the government can’t stop you from saying stupid things but a private business can terminate your employment if your offensive words damage that company’s image or bottom line. Kathy Griffin saw her career go up in flames when she appeared with a bloody replica of President Trump’s severed head, and NFL players will no longer be able to damage their league’s ratings by demonstrating against the national anthem.

Meanwhile, conservatives shouldn’t rush to Roseanne Barr’s defense: she’s a long-time leftist and conspiracy nut who ran for the Green Party presidential nomination. Her recent embrace of Trump always seemed to be more a commercial strategy than a matter of conviction.

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  1. Nora Gruber  •  May 31, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Don't forget that supporting a birther (Trump) in it of itself always made Barr a liability.

    • John D. Fiat  •  Jun 3, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Birther? I'm so sick of the nonsensical and ridiculous charge! Have you actually looked into Mr. Obama's origins or do you always just automatically believe the MSM and the other sheep? Michelle Obama is on tape saying (very clearly), We visited Barack's home country, in Kenya" during her AIDS trip to Africa. (go watch it on Youtube for yourself!) What did she mean by that? Well, the standard gatekeeper explanation is that she meant his daddy's country, but she said "his" not "his ancestor's!" Barack Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, appears in Harvard's yearbook as a foreign exchange student. Plus, he was a profiled (i.e. highlighted) student in that particular yearbook, so there is even a little article about him being a foreign exchange student right next to his picture. The evidence is all there, you just have to have an open mind and care about the truth! But now, to the matter at hand! Barr is, and always has been, a liberal. In fact, she recently said something to the effect of, "we can't get rid of Trump, because Pence is so much worse." So Medved is right about that. We shouldn't be defending her because it'll make liberals think that she is a conservative (and that she always has been) Remember, liberals have limited mental capacities when it comes to research!

      • Jim Barr  •  Jun 4, 2018 at 6:39 am

        Just a friendly correction of what Marxist Michelle said. She did not say Kenya. She said Kinya. She always says Kinya. Her ancestors came to America a year before mine did, almost four hundred years ago, and she still cannot speak proper English.

  2. kmeechan  •  Jun 2, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Yes the double standard is obvious and appalling but I fear this growing trend that anyone who says something offensive (as defined by the left in most cases) needs to lose their job and career. Since the Right generally is pro free speech and Left is generally oppressive and totalitarian in their instincts we on the right need to resist this urge and continue to promote freedom and not get involved in boycotts and advocating the firing of anyone who is out of line. If you find a show offensive don't watch it. And by all means use publicity and social media to shame those like Samantha Bee and Roseanne Barr but if we succumb to this urge to fire anyone that is outrageous that tactic will be used by the Left to ruin conservatives for the slightest offense.

    • Jim Barr  •  Jun 4, 2018 at 6:33 am

      I see this everywhere now, this incorrect use of the English language just to placate an hysterical minority of fanatics who are so overly sensitive that they think the correct use of the pronoun "he" is somehow offensive to women, or somehow excludes them. For hundreds of years it has been the custom, and the correct form, to use the pronoun he to refer to both genders, and the pronoun she to refer to women if no men are part of the sentence. This is standard English, and no offence to anyone who can think clearly. So, when you write, "anyone who says something offensive (as defined by the left in most cases) needs to lose their job and career." it is just plain wrong, and grates on the ear of the reader. Anyone is a singular word, so you have to say, "…needs to lose his job." or "needs to lose her job." But, "needs to lose their job" is just cowardly kowtowing to radical elements who want to change our fine language to suit their warped sociopolitical ends.

  3. Rizzo  •  Jun 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    I can't disagree with that.

  4. Jim Barr  •  Jun 4, 2018 at 6:19 am

    When I was a young man, this would have been just a funny remark. It didn't advocate extermination, or lynching, or torture. It just made a little, and accurate, joke about this strange woman's appearance. Now it is a vile, racist remark. How sad what this world has come to.

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