Comments: "Worrying" about free expression

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Actually, the writings and cartoons of Ted Rall contain many things which could lead one to believe he is less patriotic than the average American. Folks have raised that uissue repeatedly over the years.

However, Rall's complaints here potentially lead to additional reasons for questioning his patriotism. Is it Rall's contention that he has a right to determine what others are and are not allowed to believe? Is it his intent to deploy a thought-control device to ensure that none of us believe that which Ted Rall determines we have no acceptable reason to believe? Isn't such imposition of thought control antithetical to American values as contained in the First Amendment? Wouldn't such actions to undermine the First Amendment rights of every American constitute a basis for believing that Rall is less patriotic than other Americans?

Besides that, isn't it clear that Coulter (a Menckenesque satirist) used Rall (a public figure, especially as regards editorial cartooning) as a foil for her craft? And wouldn't her words fall under the same rubric as the old parody piece in Playboy (or was it Penthouse or Hustler -- my memory of the Supreme Court case fails) in which Jerry Falwell was quoted as saying he and his mother got drunk and had incestuous sex in an outhouse? Her words are clearly less damaging to Rall's reputation.

Posted by Rhymes With Right at March 18, 2006 11:45 AM

I love Rall's work and I've been checking in on this case for a while. I think he just needs to shut the hell up and get over it. This is ridiculous. I think Rall has done a great job at being that annoying bug that never lets up on the Bush Administration. But this is just stupid.

Ted Rall is about as extreme as Ann Coulter...only on the opposite side of things.

Thank God for Falwell and Hustler, RwR!

Posted by Mike M. at March 18, 2006 11:57 AM

Mike, you and I are essentially in agreement regarding the importance of that case.

Posted by Rhymes With Right at March 19, 2006 11:51 AM

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