Friday, December 20, 2013

I can't believe...

...I'm commenting on this Duck Dynasty story, but Josh Barro nails it:

There are two Americas, one of which is better than the other. And it's instructive who's sticking up for the worse America.

The America I live in has this one right. Racist and anti-gay comments and comments disparaging of religious minorities are rude and unacceptable and might cost you your job.

1 comment:

Ed Crotty said...

even more illustrative:

"When Sarah Palin and her cohorts talk about the importance of "free speech," they mean something much more specific: That the sorts of things that Robertson said are not the sorts of things a private employer should want to fire someone for saying. That they are, or ought to be, within the bounds of social acceptability."

They clearly don't care about people losing their jobs over speech - they nearly crucified Martin Bashir, Dan Rather and the Dixie Chicks. Yet they stand up for this bozo and for Paula Deen. They don't think people shouldn't be fired for what they say, they just think they shouldn't be fired if they agree with it.

This isn't about principle, it's all tribal.