Senator McConnell, defender of Free $peech

The Senate minority leader has a column in the Washington Post today where he describes himself as “…a longtime defender of the First Amendment”.  I did manage to avoid spraying the keyboard with my morning cup of coffee.  The only free speech Mitch McConnell has ever been concerned with is the campaign contribution kind.032202Free$peech

IRS targeted tea party groups

As if the Benghazi story wasn’t enough to keep Congress in hearings until 2016,  we have the Justice Department seizing  AP phone records and the IRS targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.   The targeting of any group or individual based on ideology is outrageous and goes against everything our First Amendment stands for.  However, it would have been nice if the same people who are criticizing today would have been as vocal after 9-11 and during the Iraq War.  I don’t remember Senator Mitch McConnell taking to the Senate floor to defend anti-war protesters or denounce then Attorney General John Ashcroft. I also don’t recall McConnell challenging former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer for what he said in response to Bill Maher’s comments about 9-11 or defending the Dixie Chicks when they were widely criticized for their comments about President Bush.


Texas governor Perry attacks Ohman cartoon

Last week the Sacramento Bee published this Jack Ohman cartoon:

Screen shot 2013-04-29 at 1.20.05 PMGovernor Rick Perry, who obviously doesn’t understand the point of the cartoon, felt the need to write to the newspaper and demand an apology.  Jack eloquently responded to the governor’s letter here.

Texas Lt. Governor Dewhurst  added his thoughts on twitter:Screen shot 2013-04-29 at 11.36.08 AMA couple of colorful tweets from readers who don’t care for the cartoon:

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Jack’s a big boy.  He can handle criticism; it comes with the job.  The sentiments above are not the problem.  However, he has been receiving threats -which is not ok.  I don’t care what people think the cartoon says or doesn’t say, everyone has the right to express an opinion without fearing for one’s life, editorial cartoonists included.  If you’re angry or offended by a cartoon, you have every right to criticize it- write a letter to the editor, tweet your outrage, draw your own cartoon.  What you don’t have the right to do is threaten or intimidate people for what they say or draw.

For those people people who are still confused  I suggest taking a look at our First Amendment (it’s right before that Second one).