When the Right Goes Left
I agree with the ‘morons’ over at Ace of Spades HQ probably 90% of the time, but here is a prime example of that 10% where I part ways: Going Alinsky on Letterman
Okay, “going Alinsky on Letterman” I can definitely support. It’s the way they are “going Alinsky” which I cannot support: boycotts and “Fire Letterman!” rallies.
I’m against boycotts, as I have stated previously with regards to The View, HERE and HERE. I’m one who advocates “if you don’t like something, DON’T WATCH IT”. Don’t like Limbaugh? Don’t listen to him. Don’t like Letterman, don’t watch him. Don’t like the vapid dopes on The View, don’t watch them. Don’t like Hannity (which I don’t), don’t watch him.
I left this comment on a Facebook discussion of this:
Seriously, the Left is MUCH more active at this crap. Do people like when the Leftist tools organize to complain to Facebook to have conservatives kicked off Facebook? The answer to that is not to start practicing that immature crap ourselves. Same thing applies here. I know there are a lot of Glenn Beck fans on my Friends list. Would they like the Left organizing something like this to kick him off the air, simply because they didn’t like what he said?
What happened to free market principles where a business or product succeeds or fails on its own merit? If Letterman gets an audience for his crap, more power to him. That says more about the sorry-ass state of the attitudes of Americans than it does about CBS and David Letterman.
Personally, I think American Idol — and basically any other “reality” TV show — is crap and want it off the air. But instead of being an ass and organizing against it, I simply don’t watch it and mock anyone who does. (heh) Very simple, see. 🙂
Seriously, I can’t stand this boycott crap. Boycott by changing the channel.
Ya know, someone (not the Ace of Spades HQ “someone”, but just someone in general) needs to explain to me how using mob-rule tactics to bully a business into firing someone we don’t like is any different than the tactics of the Lefty anti-Prop 8 mobs. They didn’t like how a business voted, so they advocated boycotts of their businesses. How is this any different? Don’t like a joke, so we grab our pitchforks and organize to destroy them? What happened to standing up for Americans to have the freedom to watch and listen to anything they so choose, even when it’s tasteless crap.
Also, how is this any different than what the Left did to Don Imus? He should NOT have been fired. His comments should have been exposed, he should have been condemned or defended on the merits of those comments and then left to have his career live or die based on people deciding he was worth listening to anymore. Same thing applies here.
Call out Letterman LOUDLY and OFTEN and expose him and the Left for their tasteless crap and their utter hypocrisy. But, then leave it up to the American people to determine Letterman’s future success or failure. If Letterman continues to get good ratings, then that just shows that our society now accepts tasteless sexism and hypocrisy towards Conservatives. That is depressing and despicable, but not grounds for wielding pitchforks to deny the American people the right to listen to or watch such things.
Geez, this is sad. The only one making any sense over there is the stupid liberal douche troll:
this is sad… and pathetic
I thought conservatives snubbed their noses at the liberal PC culture that infests America today…
and now, you’re advocating the tactics of those you hate?
when you don’t have principles, then you have nothing. you may get rid of letterman, but you lose the greater war (by bringing this country into a censored, PC frenzied environment).
let’s blackball anyone who says anything that offends anyone… fuck free speech and 1st amendment!
Posted by: palin steele at June 13, 2009 01:02 PM
Okay, the last part is stupid, since “free speech” does not come without consequences and the 1st Amendment does not protect anyone from boycotts. But the rest is spot-on. This crap is about using the tactics of the Left. In other words, “the end justifies the means”. That is the logic of the Left. Yet, now conservatives are advocating it. As the douche troll stated, “this is sad and pathetic”.
go ahead, go blackball a comedian for making a tasteless joke (btw, I dont give a fuck about letterman just to be clear… I’m more worried about the longterm implications for certain ideals conservatives hold)
but you don’t ever get the right to feign outrage in the future when all different groups get their panties tied up over being offended by the most harmless un-PC verbal attacks… in this fight against letterman (a mere pawn of the left), you have strengthened the actual arsenal (PC correctness) of the left
if you successfully get Letterman off, it WILL be used against you in the future.
Posted by: palin steele at June 13, 2009 01:11 PM
Exactly. If this were the Left going after a conservative media member or comedian for a joke or statement they didn’t like, my bet is there would be outrage over the bullying tactics.
And then there’s this false analogy offered by a conservative:
Seems like getting Dan Blather booted worked out ok.
Posted by: cumulonimbus at June 13, 2009 01:15 PM
So now we’re comparing rightly working to cause the firing of a media member who is supposed to be objective, but instead blatantly passes off lies as facts to the American people in the effort to undermine a Presidential Election… to working to cause the firing of a comedian telling a tasteless joke? Come on, guys. You’re much better than this.
“Free speech doesn’t mean free of consequences, you stupid f*ck.”
no it doesn’t. but boycotting companies and such is the tactic of the PC-loving left… its always been denigrated by conservatives because it goes against their principles. Now conservatives want to adopt the tactic because one of their own is being attacked… its hypocritical. Stand on your principles and you will be stronger in the long-term, go for short-term gains and you will be weaker for it.
Posted by: palin steele at June 13, 2009 01:15 PM
I can’t believe the liberal troll is still making the most sense. Ugh.
And then there’s this:
That’s the point of this whole exercise. PC outrage is primarily used as a weapon against the right. Reid can say the war is lost with no consequences. Actors can kiss a maniacal dictator like Castro on the ass with no consequences. Movies can mock Christians with no consequences. But if a conservative violates the PC code, usually his career is over.
Posted by: Matt at June 13, 2009 01:22 PM
Right, and you know what the answer to that is? You do the exact same thing as them. Letterman tells a tasteless joke about the “Right” and gets away with it? Then you have one of your own go out there and loudly and proudly tell a tasteless joke about the “Left”. (For example, to make a point, start making tasteless jokes about Letterman’s wife and their child, and see how he likes it when the shoe is on the other foot). Then, when the “Left” cries about it, you point out that you were just taking their lead and if they don’t like tasteless crap like that, then they should shut their own f*cking mouths and live up to their own standards.
The answer to free speech we don’t like is not less free speech, but MORE free speech. Recall the Mohammad Cartoons. Our answer to Muslims taking offense to that was not to join with them in boycotting, but to tell to STFU and deal with it, that’s how free speech works. But now all of a sudden, the rules have changed for conservatives?
Sorry, but I just cannot support this and I am very disappointed in seeing this advocated by one of my favorite conservative blogs.
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