Comments: It's About Freedom

Yikes! Well done as always, but given the rambling nature I'm not sure there's anything onto which I can hang a comment. I like that you refuse to stereotype either Repubs or Dems, I'm much the same in that respect. People aren't evil just because they have different beliefs from us. I think I do disagree about the free speech zone thing vis a vis protecting the President. It's the Secret Service's job to protect the President, he has ample security around him without having to be completely walled off from anyone who exercises their Constitutional right to disagree with his policies. The concept of "free speech zones," in practice, is a slippery slope to me. It leads to Bush smirking about how wonderful democracy is when it's fairly clear he doesn't mean it, to his supporters using the occurrences to further stereotype progressives as anti-American, and to further curtailment of our rights.

Posted by Elayne Riggs at December 17, 2003 07:57 AM

I dunno about "well done" but thanks anyhow. :) (I know these stream-of-consciousness posts would be much improved by some editing and rewriting but I'm too lazy.)

I don't approve of the "free speech zones." Let's be clear about that. I'm just saying that it's not impossible to rationalize them.

Democrats aren't as spiteful as Republicans. If they were, I'd be very interested to see how the Right would react to being on the receiving end of some of the tactics they've been using.

I also think, although I didn't say this because I was really trying to avoid bush-bashing, that if he and Cheney would stay in the White House instead of making three or four fundraising trips each every freaking week, they'd not only be "safer" but we'd save a lot of money.

Posted by Anne at December 17, 2003 10:52 AM