To Sarah Palin. i.e.-Dr. Laura.

Dear Ms. Palin:

Really?  You said this

Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice,America!

The point that you’re making, (In that less adorable than you think 13 year old girl text messaging style of tweeting that you use.) is that Constitutional Obstructionists are responsible for making Dr. Laura quit her radio show.
This point is, even by your usual standards, wrong headed.
Brief refresher for those just joining us.  A few days ago, Dr. Laura Schlessinger took a call from a woman who wanted some advice.  She was African-American and her husband was white.  And she was upset because her husband’s friends used racially charged language in front of her.  Dr. Laura’s advice?  From what I could gather from the recordings of the show, it was some variant of the phrase, “Lighten up”.
Oh, and she also said the N-word about eleven Goddamn times!
Now, she said the word to point out that African American can use the word amongst themselves while white people can’t.  Now, I will admit that there might..might…be a case for hypocrisy there. (Although it should be pointed out that the word was used for years as racists in an attempt to dehumanize black people and it wasn’t until the sixties when comedians like Richard Pryor tried to reclaim the word to rob it of it’s hateful power.  Although, he later renounced it’s use.) That is a conversation I would love to have with academics, linguists, historians.  I think it would actually be a healing experience.
You know who I don’t want to have the conversation with?  The crazy ass white woman who said it eleven Goddamn times on the radio!

Now as far as Dr. Laura having her first Amendment rights violated.  Let’s take a look at what you’re talking about.


Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


You get that, Congress shall make no law.
That means the Government shall not abridge anyone’s right to free speech.  If someone in Congress were to try to make a law stopping Dr. Laura from expressing herself, I would pull out my handy dandy ACLU membership card and say, “Hold it right there, Mr or Mrs. Congress person.  Dr. Laura is a insensitive idiot but you have no right to pass a law saying she can’t express her insensitivity. 1’st Amendment trumps all”.
The Government did no such thing.
What actually happened that a number of people got offended by what she said and used both their 1’st amendment rights and the power of their purse strings to voice their objections.  If Dr. Laura hadn’t announced that she was giving up her radio show, I think the conversation would have gone something like this.

OUTRAGED CITIZENS: We strongly object to Dr. Laura’s use of the N-word and if you continue to support her by buying ad time on her show, we will not buy the goods and services you offer.

SPONSORS: We will no longer buy ad time on Dr. Laura’s show.  Partially because we agree with you.  But mostly because we love your money and need it to roll around in naked on weekends .

So, in Conclusion Mrs. Palin.  What happened to Dr. Laura was less a violation of the 1’st Amendment than the free market responding unfavorably to Dr. Laura’s behavior.
You do like the free market, don’t you, Mrs. Palin?
Or are you just a fracking socialist commie?

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3 Responses to To Sarah Palin. i.e.-Dr. Laura.

  1. asif says:

    Nice straw man argument, there. Do you seriously think that Dr. Laura needs any more money? If she didn’t want to lose the money from the advertising dollars generated by her show, then WHY DID SHE GIVE UP THE SHOW? No show at all means no advertising at all. DUH. You are proving my assertion that liberals are liberals because they don’t understand economics and the nature of business.

    And the last time I checked, all radio and television programming is regulated by the FCC, you know, the FEDERAL Communications Commission which was created by laws passed by CONGRESS? Dr. Laura gave up her show to be released from the shackles of the FCC, which by its very definition and existence, limits free speech.

    And by the way, you need an editor. The correct possessive form of the word “it” is “its” without an apostrophe.

    • I took the liberty of contacting a friend of mine who works in radio and passed along your comment. His reply…

      “FCC limits indecency on behalf of children… but there’s nothing that would have stopped her from saying that word. THAT argument is a straw man. It’s the old “quit before somebody fires me” crank… she was stupid, she probably would have lost advertisers or had some other impact, but no FCC investigation would have lasted long, if it even got started. It’s the same old passive=aggressive crap… “I’m just leaving because you won’t let me be me”… which translates to “I was a jerk, but I’ll make you feel like one instead”

      So, The FCC wouldn’t have come down on her?

      “N—-er is not one of the “seven deadly words” and it doesn’t look like Janet Jackson’s left boob, so no issue for the FCC. It doesn’t regulate hate speech, and this is not even a case for that. Dumb speech, maybe.”

      I stand by my original post.

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