The tragedies in this week’s news have given many cause to stop and reflect on how our words may affect the actions of other people. Whatever your political affiliation, if there’s one thing we all agree on it is the critical importance of freedom of speech (says the old homo in Fargo blogging from his kitchen counter.)
Monday evening’s national newscast gave me cause to reflect on freedom of speech and its much less talked about counterpart—-
Freedom to be quiet
A famous political figure employed the catch phrase “Don’t retreat, reload!” A cool statement that told her audience not to give up. It also had political adversaries portrayed/identified on her website with crosshairs on a map. A perfect marketing blip that fit with her out-doorsy, one-of-the-guys, we’re-sick-of-this-crap image that has captivated and, at times, refreshed America. In spite of the fact we’re political polar opposites, her no-bullshit attitude is a breath of fresh air coming from a political party I find especially malodorous.
The newscast said that her spokespersons indicated that the images were not that of crosshairs, but that of location identifiers commonly used on various map sites.
Are you kidding me?
If these were simply innocuous commonly used map identifiers, why were they scrubbed from the site moments after the tragic shooting?
To any ultra-conservative reading this: it is this type of behavior that makes moderates and liberals think you’re arrogant buffoons that consider all of America stupid and beneath you.
It would have been infinitely better to scrub the site and be quiet than lie to America. It is for this very reason we do not trust you or listen to anything (even the good stuff) you say.
Today’s Gay Agenda: Try to recognize opportunities to practice what I preach and shut up once in a while.