Carry Rocks In Your Head And Pitch Them

Don't Be Afraid Of Your Freedom

(25 Aug 2006) -- 

So, let's continue to set aside the open question as to whether or not terrorists are out to get us because they hate our freedom, and let's accept for the sake of argument that this indeed is their motivation. If we do that, the peculiar thing is that we still win the argument against the GOPresidency.

If the problem, for the terrorists, is our freedom, then why do politicians set up "free speech" zones blocks or miles away from their appearances? if the problem, for the terrorists, is our freedom, then why do we force people to take off t-shirts with Arabic writing on them before letting them onto airplanes?

Where is the $1 billion a year for the Department of Education to launch a massive campaign of civics education in the nation's public schools, teaching kids to know, understand, appreciate, and exercise their freedom of speech, their freedom of assembly, their right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, the political process, the three separate and counter-balancing branches of government, their right to privacy?

If the problem, for the terrorists, is our freedom, why isn't it a national mission, led by the GOPresidency itself, to celebrate our freedoms here at home? Why is it that even if we accept the GOPresidency's terms for the debate, they're still wrong about what America's response should be?

If the problem, for the terrorists, is our freedom, isn't the proper response for America to look them in the eye, tell them to fuck off, and do everything we can to use those freedoms, as often as possible, as fully as possible?

If the problem, for the terrorists, is our freedom, why is America's response to stop using it?