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Rush To Judgement

A woman I work with occassionally brings up Rush Limbaugh when we talk.  She listens to his show at lunch.  Then, one day, I mentioned that I hate Rush Limbaugh and think he's a jagoff.

"But you're a Republican."

No, I'm a Libertarian.  Republicans are idiots.

"What's a Libertarian?  I know you're not a Democrat."

I bring up Rushee because she's been filling me in on how he's being discriminated against because of his political views.  Join me.  Take a sip from my Dramamine smoothie, and we will continue.

Supposedly, Rush was part of a group of investors looking to buy the St. Louis Rams football team.  But the owners refused to sell because of Limbaugh.  I don't know if Rush jumped or was pushed, but the sale is now being negotiated without Limbaugh as part of the group.

My co-worker was telling how Rush is being picked on just because of the stuff he says on the radio.  "It's Freedom Of Speech.  He has the right to say what's on his mind."

Yes, but you are forgetting the corolary -- you have to take responsibility for what you say.  People are free to refuse to do business with anyone they don't want to.  Rush acts like a dickhead, and everyone's surprised no one wants to deal with him?  It's not Freedom Of Speech, it's about acting like a grown-up.

At some point, we became a nation where Freedom Of Speech meant that, anything you say should be applauded since you had the courage to stand up and say it.  But if I disagree with your views, there is NOTHING IN THE CONSTITUTION that says I have to validate your arguments.  My only obligation to you is to allow you time on the soapbox.  I don't even have to listen to you if I don't want to.

Pro sports teams refuse to deal with people all the time.  It's just, in Rush's case, their refusal can be interpreted as a slight instead of just, "No.  Go away."  Don't pick on people exercising their freedoms by claiming yours are being assaulted.

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