WND blogger John Rocker has a rather totalitarian view of "Freedom of Speech."
"Technically, as our Founding Fathers intended, we are all given the
undeniable right to voice our thoughts and opinions freely without fear
of scorn and/or ridicule derived from non-agreement. I supposedly have
the same right to express myself as you do. In a perfect world, my
rights should be no different from yours. I’m quite certain that given
the current stage of the world’s social climate, however, anyone
ascribing to the ridiculous notion that our world is perfect is kidding
himself. Our “perfect” world was replaced many moons ago by the
defective reality in which we are all forced to reside – and one of the
most blatant areas to view the erosion of perfection is seen in the lack
of ability many in this great country have to speak freely without fear
Think about this for a second. John Rocker believes that he should have the right to say whatever he wants and be protected from ridicule by the law of the land. He wants his critics to have no freedom of speech of their own, yet he wants the freedom to criticize others. Not only that, but he apparently thinks that this is the way things used to be.
If the first amendment guaranteed protection from ridicule, as Rocker claims, then it would be the OPPOSITE of freedom of speech. It would be censorship, the banning of opposing views altogether. Under Rocker's ignorant, uniformed, fantasy land version of the first amendment, Rush Limbaugh would be jailed for criticizing Obama. I would be jailed for criticizing Rocker. Pat Robertson would be jailed for attacking Planned Parenthood. The cast of Saturday Night Live would be jailed for shredding Sarah Palin.
Is that really the kind of world Rocker wants to live in, a place where the people in power can legally silence anyone they think is ridiculing them? That's a Communist ideal bucko, and this happens to be America.
I recommend checking out the excellent Popehat take on John Rocker's profound ignorance.