Sarah Palin has come to the defense of conservative radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, who announced on CNN’s “Larry King Live” Tuesday night that she was resigning so she could “regain” her Constitutional right to freedom of speech. Using a page from the Sarah Palin book of non-ownership, Dr. Laura blamed the media and the haters that no longer wanted to discuss and argue and debate, but wanted instead to “eliminate.” Sarah Palin then took to Twitter, telling Dr. Laura Schlessinger to not “retreat… reload.”
Sarah Palin has made a post-gubernatorial career out of constructing a monument to asininity. Making ridiculous statements and claims have always been her forte, but her constant insinuation of herself into public debates — and subsequently showing her ignorance — has got to be getting rather old with the GOP and the Republicans who really care about the direction the nation is taking. It is her right, but her ill-informed comments are not helpful.
After the recent dust-up over Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s use of the ‘n’ word on her radio show 11 times within a five-minute period in an attempt to make a point, Dr. Laura Schlessinger not only excused herself from the end of that program, but offered a written and public apology for her comments, noting that she had failed her job, which was to help the individual with their particular problem.
Still, Dr. Laura Schlessinger surprised many when she announced her resignation on “Larry King Live.” She surprised a few more when she presented her reasoning behind the decision. The told Larry King she would not renew her contract at the end of the year and wanted to “regain” her constitutional right to freedom of speech.
As if someone had ever taken it away from her. No one has stopped Dr. Schlessinger from speaking or writing. Nobody has censored her.
Schlessinger’s self-policing over her use of the ‘n’ word was the right thing to do, even though the point she was attempting to make may have actually been valid. Regardless, it was the way in which she couched her words, the phrasing she chose, which became the focus of so many. Yet, instead of simply owning her acts of self-censorship, Schlessinger now insists on playing the martyr, blaming “liberal” media for abridging her constitutional rights of free speech by constraining her on her radio talk show.
So now she plans to resign.
All of which sounds only too familiar. Sarah Palin resigned her position as well. Of course, Sarah Palin didn’t wait until her contract ended. But when she gave her incoherent resignation speech, much of it was directed toward the “liberal” mainstream media and the part they played in harassing her and her family and making it difficult to do her job.
Now, as part of that mainstream media she hates so much, Sarah Palin is on Facebook and Twitter, spouting off her nearly always ill-informed opinion on everything from guns to god to Schlessinger’s use of the ‘n’ word.
Palin posted to Twitter: “Don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence”isn’t American,not fair”)”
Palin makes the same argument as Dr. Laura Schlessinger, writing that Schlessinger’s “1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist.”
Really? When? Nobody has taken Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s right to say whatever she likes. They simply criticized, condemned, and ridiculed her for her use of the ‘n’ word and neglecting her job as an advisor. They castigated her for making social commentary without regard for the individual she was supposed to help. But no one took away her First Amendment rights. Nor does Dr. Schlessinger have to do anything to “regain” them — since they never “ceased 2exist.”
But Sarah Palin wasn’t finished. She took to Twitter again: “Dr.Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice,America!”
Joan Walsh at Salon rebutted Palin best with: “It’s scary to think we just had a vice presidential nominee who doesn’t understand the Constitution, who thinks Schlessinger’s First Amendment rights “ceased 2exist” because she was criticized for haranguing a black woman who called for advice, using the word “n***er” 11 times. Again, Gov. Palin, the First Amendment protects us from government infringing on our speech rights; it doesn’t take away other Americans’ right to criticize.”
Americans like Sarah Palin and Dr. Laura Schlessinger use the Constitution as a personal convenience and a talking points prop, relying on it to protect their rights but complaining when others demand the same. Playing the martyr works best if one is actually a victim. Resigning from your position and pointing one’s finger at a shadowy “obstructionist” conspiracy does not make one a victim. Being supported by Alaska’s First Quitter and professional conservative mouthpiece only enables others to “refudiate” the motives of someone without a real soapbox to stand on.
Salon via HuffingtonPost.com
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