There is much finger pointing and blame going around as politico's and talking heads attempt to find some currency for their favorite or most hated issue since the tragic January 8th, 2010 shooting's at a political event for Representative Gabrielle Gifford in Tuscon, Arizona."It's not benign speech that is at risk of censorship. No one tries to censor weather predictions or recipe books. It's the spicy stuff that needs to be safeguarded...If the choice is between individuals using their freedom of speech hurtfully and an all-seeing Big Brother watching our words and thoughts, I know which society I'd rather live in. You can always ignore a racist. You can't escape from the government." Ezral Levant
We are not a fan of Sarah Palin or "Tea Parties," as anyone who has visited our little corner of the blogosphere is aware. So it was our initial inclination to "not" watch the video of her response to the Gabrielle Gifford tragedy posted by CBS news this morning. However, hoping maybe for a little more ammunition to back up our already admittedly biased opinion of Ms. Palin, we did watch it. Imagine the cognitive dissonance we experienced when we found ourselves thinking, "the lady gets it!"
From CBS News:
From CBS News:
Palin said that attacks on free speech and the democratic political system remind us how much we cherish and need to protect them.
"It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9/11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security," she said. "We will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults."