This is kind of a tough blog for me to write. I feel like former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart , who said about pornography ” I know it when I see it.”
And why are these statements so outrageous? Because I said so. Well not only me but a lot of other people said so too.
I take nothing away from the points they were trying to make. The points are totally valid and their opinions have every right to be heard just like anyone else’s. But my Dad used to warn me when I was young that it’s not always what you say but how you say it. And that for me is the problem with what they said.
Rush’s point of the Government providing free birth control, or Ted’s about protecting the second amendment are arguments that I totally agree with and believe in. But the way they were said makes me want to back away from the sentiments. Both are passionate, articulate artists that could have made the same points without insulting someones daughter or making veiled threats against the President.
I know in a free society where you are supposed to have freedom of speech it really shouldn’t matter. But it does matter. The over the top rhetoric might help you get noticed but does it help you make your point?
I hate the idea of telling someone what they can and can’t say. After all isn’t that what people do in totalitarian countries? But just like Justice Stewart, I saw it and I know that Rush and Ted went too far. I hope they realize this and continue to make their points without alienating a large percentage of people that might otherwise agree with them.