Freedom of Speech: Only for the Right?
My big brother Billy is a small town Texas guy; some might even call him a good old boy. Unlike 90 percent of the men in the area where he lives, he's a laid back Democrat who believes in live and let live.
Recently, Billy had to drive into Marble Falls to buy something at Walmart. He couldn't find a clean T-shirt to wear, so he fished around in his drawer and found one with Che Guevara on the front of it.
Once he got to Walmart, he observed a tall guy glaring at his shirt. As he made his way through the aisles, the guy would appear again, still staring.
They both checked out at the same time, and as they wheeled their carts to their vehicles, the guy spoke to Billy.
"Is that Che Guevara on your shirt?"
"Yep, he's one of my heroes," my brother replied.
"Yeah, well, he sure looked good as the receptacle for a bullet in his head."
Billy replied, "I could say the same for Bush."
Then my brother scampered to get in his truck, lest the redneck try to kick his ass.
There was a time in America when people could express themselves any way they wanted without risking a threat to their physical safety.
Even in Texas, we could be assured that rednecks might say shitty things to us, but they'd never do anything beyond that.
Now, we on the left have to really consider our safety when we express ourselves.
I frequently drive the IH-35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin. I have an Obama-Biden sticker on my back window.
More than once I've been passed by a redneck in a truck, mouthing the hateful phrase, "nigger lover" and shooting the finger as he sped past.
Obama is set to speak to American school children next Tuesday, giving them a pep talk about getting good grades, etc.
Several parents across America have complained, saying his address was 'too political' and should not be allowed in schools.
This national unrest reminds me of the late 60's, when the lefties were making all the noise.
We ended the war, legalized freedom of choice and made strides in civil rights and women's rights.
We did it then, and we can do it again. Are you ready?