by John Hawkins | May 17, 2002 7:22 am
Dan Rather — Crybaby: I’ve had just about enough of the left’s hysterical bleating over being criticized. This Dan Rather quote typifies the sort of spew we’ve been getting from the left lately about “free speech”…
“It is an obscene comparison … but you know there was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tyres around people’s necks if they dissented,” said Mr Rather. “And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tyre of lack of patriotism put around your neck.”
So Dan Rather is comparing getting some verbal criticism with being murdered? That is just so totally ridiculous. But, this sort of whining is getting more common on the left. We have people complaining they’ll be called”unpatriotic” if they criticize the war and “anti-Semitic” if they criticize Israel. Well so what? I might be labeled a “racist” if I criticize Jessie Jackson or accused of “wanting to make old people eat dogfood” if I suggest reforming social security.
Free speech is not for the timid. If you can’t take questioning and criticism then you have no business competing in the arena of ideas. You’d think Dan Rather would have learned that lesson by now.
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