Sunday, November 02, 2008

Who is American?

The Daily Show's commentary on the Real America! This is a must see! Why is an interview of the Wasllia Mayor not on the major news networks?

I served in the Peace Corps and have worked in whole career in public service, but according to McCain and Palin I am not the real american. I am un-American and unpatriotic. I cannot say how anergy this makes me that they are trying to divide our country like this and to make devalue other human beings by adding stereotypes. Articles are claiming that people are too hard on Palin, yet she is choosing to divide the country and state that this person is American and this person living here is not!

This is not the America that I know or want to be apart of. I am glad people are standing up and saying that will not tolerate these types of stereotypes anymore. I am an American, Patriotic, God praising, good person and I am a liberal!

I am not sure Palin's apology is very real.

Palin's Constitutional Ignorance
Category: Politics
Posted on: November 2, 2008 9:16 AM, by Ed Brayton

ABC News reports:

Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama's associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate's free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.
"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don't know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."

Utter ignorance. The first amendment prevents the government from punishing you for what you say. It does not mean that others, including the media, can't criticize what you say. In fact, the first amendment presumes that criticizing and questioning politicians is so important that it is doubly protected, both under the free speech clause and the free press clause.

Being "attacked" for your statements not only does not violate your first amendment rights, it is an example of others exercising their first amendment rights. I would fear much more for the future of this country by the absence of media criticism than by its presence. Thomas Jefferson would agree:

The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
Perhaps at some point after the campaign is over, when Palin takes a 5 minute break from her reflexive and idiotic persecution posing, someone can tell her who Thomas Jefferson was.


Kelly said...

I love it! I couldn't believe the comments from the current mayor. I hadn't seen that clip before. I have always thought the Peace Corps was a great concept and have admired anyone who has done that. Sometime you should post about that experience.
My stepdaughter went to see Barack last night in Springfield, MO. She is 18 and was just in awe of the entire experience, she stood up for over 7 hours and was glad she did.

tut-tut said...

Pecos, will Wednesday bring the awesome change we need and deserve? I hope to goodness it does. Palin is so far right and so uninformed it is truly frightening, and we are considering what to do if she heads to the vp position.

Believe me, there will be some candles at my little altar, if that's the case. Or maybe I'll be lighting them in thankfulness . . .

citizen of the world said...

Yes! I, too, am an elist non-American. Please, please, please let McCain and Palin go down in flames.

SaffronSaris said...

Can u believe Palin actually said she's looking towards 2012?!

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Yes, as Saffronsaris said, that crazy has her eyes on the next election and this time she's going for President! She's going to do some practicing in the next four years. We need to keep her in the top of our brains and never forget how toxic she is.