by Steve Young
With the new CBS (Couric Bull Shoot ™) evening news premiering this week we were all introduced to what Katie called, "Free Speech" ("Speech" being the operative word), in which "...newsmakers, opinion makers, and just plain folks tell us what's on their minds." And when you offer free million dollar network time to a voice, who better to donate it to than someone who has only three hours a day, five days a week to do it already.
Mr. and Mrs. News Consumer, meet Rush Limbaugh.
"Patriotism is supporting our troops in the battlefield, not undermining the mission and morale," is not an opinion. It's a Karl Rove talking point.
And do I even need to speak to a "plain folk" who makes a $zillion a year spreading his free speech?
He never identified who the "some" were who believed this. I'm guessing they aren't in control of the House, Senate or White House.
Rush assured us that "When good negotiates with evil, evil will always win. Well, yeah. When the evil has full control of the microphone or can hang up when good tries to make a legitimate counter point to evil.
Rush invited us to tell him "...how do we negotiate with people whose starting point is our death? Ask them to wait for 10 years before they kill us?" And I would tell him, if I could ever figure out what the hell that even means. For crissakes, he prepared the script in advance. Wouldn't you think he might have attempted to make it coherent?
Watching Rush make his absolutely Free Speech was made all the more difficult to comprehend due to the barrage of red herrings obscuring his read.
Did you know that it's not patriotic, when we "...want to grant those who want to kill us U.S. constitutional rights."
It's not patriotic, "When the critics are more interested in punishing this country over a few incidents of Abu Ghraib and Guanta'namo Bay than they are in defeating those who want to kill us..."
Raise your hands, folks. Punishing America over defeating killers. Anyone? Anyone?