A few days ago, someone in the Obama (as in "Obama for President") camp figuratively slapped Hillary (as in "Hillary for President") by calling her a "Monster". Off the record of course. The poor girl was pressured to resign and did.
Just to get it out there, I'll say it was dumb thing to do. But it has sparked a curious investigation into the First Amendment and it's evolved definition. Here's what it says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
It appears as if "Freedom of Speech" (or is it Speach?) goes only as far as your employment. If you're getting paid by someone... anyone... your speech is bound to the confines of the payer.
Ouch. Bloggers beware.
Maybe Monster Girl can rebut with a detailed description of her "Hillary's a Monster" religion and the religious ritual of declaring publicly that Hillary is a Monster. Invite Katie Couric to assemble with others who feel the same and BAM! She's hit a First Amendment Home Run.
Another sparked theme (look at the fireworks here in my basement), is Why do our opinions need to be taken so personally? We all have an opinion (some of us stronger than others), but it's only an opinion. It won't hurt. And to me it's everyone's right.
I feel the world has become too intolerant of any opinion different than it's own. Maybe we should all make an effort to Agree to Disagree more often.
Let me give you an example. I love to watch the Tour de France. Vera thinks it's the gayest dumbest worst waste of time ever. That's her opinion and we're still friends. Look at us conquer the obstacle of opinion opposition.
Another example? There are many among us who feel the rabidrunner to be an overbearing pompous nitwit with too many shoes. Well that's your opinion and I'm thankful for your honesty.
The secret to world peace? Agree to Disagree
(That and a coconut crusted halibut with cilantro, jalapeno and lime, mixed greens and fettuccine in a light butter sauce. See also The Tired and Hungry Hours.)