April 10, 2012

MEANWHILE, I'LL SHOW NO COMPREHENSION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT!:

Ozzie Guillen and Modern McCarthyism (Matthew Rothschild, April 10, 2012, Progressive)

Here in America, we pride ourselves on our freedoms--you know, the freedom of speech, the freedom to express our political beliefs.

But how free actually are we?

How seriously do we respect these freedoms?

There's a lot of lip service paid to them, but when someone expresses an unpopular political belief, the price can be high. [...]

Showing no appreciation for our First Freedom, the Marlins summarily suspended Guillen without pay for five games. 

Okay, the fact that it is not the government that is punishing Mr. Guillen for his vile expressions is a tad too obvious here.  The broader point is that it cheapens the notion that speech is important to insist that one should suffer no consequences for what one says.  Mr. Guillen's admiration for Castro and Chavez is either important to him or it isn't.  If it matters then he ought not mind giving up a paycheck to express it.

Posted by at April 10, 2012 6:08 PM
  

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