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Monday, July 19, 2004


Elton John Is An Idiot

Now maybe I should give Elton the benefit of the doubt because he's British and they don't have anything (as far as I'm aware) like our 1st Amendment. However, you'd think that someone would take him aside as explain this very simple concept to him:

Only the Government can commit the 'crime' of Censorship.

It's really that simple. I cannot personally, as a citizen of the United States of America, be rightly accused of Censorship. Nor can any group (private, corporate or otherwise) be rightly accused. Only the Government can engage in Censorship. If that's not clear enough, I don't know what else to say.

Why am I all worked up about this? Try this story on for size:

Elton attacks 'censorship' in US

Elton John has said stars are scared to speak out against war in Iraq because of "bullying tactics" used by the US government to hinder free speech. (emphasis added)
Now notice exactly what he has said. He has accused the "US Government" of "hinder[ing] free speech." Now I challenge anyone out there to find a single instance where Elton cites some specific case of such an act. You're not going to find it. Here's what he does cite:

He voiced concern that it appeared acceptable to speak out if you were pro-Bush, using the example of country singer Toby Keith, but not if you were critical of the President, as in the case of country rock band, the Dixie Chicks.

"On the one hand, you have someone like Toby Keith, who has come out and been very supportive of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq - which is OK because America is a democracy and Toby Keith is entitled to say what he thinks and feels.

"But, on the other hand, the Dixie Chicks got shot down in flames last year for criticizing the president. They were treated like they were being un-American, when in fact they have every right to say whatever they want about him because he's freely elected, and therefore accountable."
Anyone remember the Dixie Chicks' problems? Where they with the "US Government"? NO! Their issues were with private citizens who did not approve of the three of them going overseas and then mouthing over about how America sucks. Remember the steamroller protests? Those were carried out by individual US Citizens...exercising their own right to Free Speech.

Elton John apparently does not understand the nature of Free Speech as it exists in America. Until he does, perhaps it would be best for him to exercise his own Free Speech elsewhere.


So which is it, 9 or 11?


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