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No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Media Matter's Group Think

Professor William Jacobsen of Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion has an interesting point to make on Media Matter's charging ahead in it's attempt to limit our 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Speech.  He quotes Eric Boehlert of  MM as saying: 
News that Juan Williams' contract with NPR was terminated over comments he made about Muslims while appearing on Fox News shines a spotlight on the radio network's evergreen controversy: Its continued affiliation with Fox News. Specifically, NPR's Mara Liasson and her long-running association with Fox News has often raised questions. This might be the proper time for NPR to finally address that thorny issue.


I'm not suggesting Liasson has said anything as offensive as Williams, or that she has that kind of track record while appearing on Fox. I'm just saying that if you look at NPR's code of ethics, there's simply no way Liasson should be making appearances on Fox.
But Prof. Jacobson's point very simple: 
No conservatives are trying to prevent people from appearing on NPR, but liberal interest groups and their media outlets are trying to prevent people from appearing on Fox News.


There is a real threat to freedom in this country, and it does not come from conservatives. Media Matters is just the symptom, not the disease.
Emphasis is mine,  but he does make an important distinction.  Freedom of Speech means permitting those who think differently from you the means to speak their opinions without being punished, no matter how stupid, or ignorant those opinions may seem to you.  This is something that many liberals don't understand.

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