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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 08:40 AM
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3. I tried to sign that petition, and I found
that I couldn't do it. If I did, I'd be going against everything I believe about the First Amendment and free speech.

While Bachmann's remarks were hateful and stupid, she has a right to be hateful and stupid. Let the voters throw her out, let them decide that she's not who they want to represent them. But I cannot, in any kind of good conscience, put my name to anything that attempts to silence the speech of another person.

Hateful speech deserves the most protection. That is a basic tenet of First Amendment law. It is why America is great.
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  -Can Rep Bachmann be censured? edhopper  Oct-18-08 08:29 AM   #0 
  - a petition has already been started  riverwalker   Oct-18-08 08:30 AM   #1 
  - I think rules about criticizing other House members only apply...  Eric J in MN   Oct-18-08 08:33 AM   #2 
  - They Can Push A "Sense" Resolution  KharmaTrain   Oct-18-08 08:51 AM   #6 
  - I tried to sign that petition, and I found  Tangerine LaBamba   Oct-18-08 08:40 AM   #3 
  - Oh she can talk till she is blue in the face. That doesn't mean she can't be taken  Feeney2   Oct-18-08 08:47 AM   #4 
  - Taken to task, whatever that means,  Tangerine LaBamba   Oct-18-08 08:54 AM   #7 
     - That's all censure is  Feeney2   Oct-18-08 09:01 AM   #9 
        - Do you know the history of censure?  Tangerine LaBamba   Oct-18-08 11:47 AM   #15 
  - The problem is not free speech...  crystalwolf   Oct-18-08 08:48 AM   #5 
  - She slandered no one  Tangerine LaBamba   Oct-18-08 08:56 AM   #8 
     - She named names.  oktoberain   Oct-18-08 09:09 AM   #12 
        - I'd argue that Rezko and Ayers aren't private citizens  Tangerine LaBamba   Oct-18-08 11:50 AM   #16 
           - I didn't have a "beef" in that post. I was simply pointing out a mistake in your post.  oktoberain   Oct-18-08 12:46 PM   #17 
              - Rezko and Ayers aren't "private citizens"  Tangerine LaBamba   Oct-18-08 12:56 PM   #18 
  - I disagree. There is an enormous difference between hateful speech  oktoberain   Oct-18-08 09:03 AM   #10 
     - You're right, there is a larger number  Tangerine LaBamba   Oct-18-08 11:42 AM   #14 
     - This must be stopped in its tracks.  sattahipdeep   Oct-18-08 02:14 PM   #19 
  - Probably not, but she's better ignored anyway. nt  wtmusic   Oct-18-08 09:06 AM   #11 
  - I sure hope she takes a beating in the polls.  dhpgetsit   Oct-18-08 09:28 AM   #13 

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