The Freedom of Speech and the power of the people – Santorum example.

I’m not sure if any of the readers of this blog are aware of this, but 2012 is an election year in the US. President election year. That causes all kinds of things to surface, and is pretty interesting to observe.

Take Rick Santorum for example. The guy is an absurd conservative. I would be really offended if someone called me that, but I believe Mr. Santorom is actually proud of being conservative. Can’t understand what IQ people have to have to vote for someone taking pride in something like that. Apparently, he also worked very hard not to be associated with another meaning given to his name: a rather unpleasant byproduct of a certain kind of sexual activities (for more details: Santorum).

How, you may ask? Well, Google ranks pages based on amount of links and popularity, and Santorum happens to be a rather popular site. It was created especially to teach Mr. Santorum a lesson, and unfortunately failed. I nevertheless applaud the effort and support the idea. Hence the additional links and buzz in my blog – my rather small contribution to the effort.

What do we learn from that? Several things for the politicians to think of:

1. People actually listen to you. If you speak against their rights, don’t expect them to suddenly want to protect yours, Mr. Limbaugh. Mr. Santorum has the right to speak against gays. Gays have  the right to name a byproduct of what Santorum doesn’t approve in his name.

2. People can actually stand up to ignorance and hatred. So, that it would backfire on the haters. Mr. Limbaugh and Mr. Santorum have learned that the hard way. California, take a note.

3. People have power. It took Santorum 10 years to just pass Sabage’s site in the Google search rankings. Limbaugh lost tens of advertisers and stations.

If someone hurts you, tries to strip you of your rights, tries to force you to live your life according to their moral and not yours, they lose the right to be treated respectfully.

You don’t have to respect those who have no respect for you,

Your Little Advisor

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8 Responses to The Freedom of Speech and the power of the people – Santorum example.

  1. Muro says:

    “If someone hurts you, tries to strip you of your rights, tries to force you to live your life according to their moral and not yours, they lose the right to be treated respectfully.”

    Agree…which is why I respect no one in government. Government is nothing more than a gang of glorified thieves forcing people to hand over their money for depraved governmental warfare and welfare programs.

    You singled out Santorum for his blatant anti-gay stance but I think that is one of his least offensive positions. His position on starting more wars and killing more innocent people is more unsettling to me. I can’t tell the difference between Santorum, Obama, Gingrich, or Romney…they all are warmongers.

    • Governments are not there to strip people of their rights, they’re there to provide services. Pave roads, maintain traffic lights, provide security from outside threats and criminal elements. NOT to decide who should live how.

      Surprisingly, it is the right wingers who both advocate limited (or, in your case – none) government AND limitation of personal rights and freedoms based on their own beliefs.

      So while most of the politicians are warmongers (nothing new there, wars are always good for politicians), I do see an elevated rate of hypocrisy, arrogance and self righteous from the American right-wing politicians. And that is what this rant is about.

  2. Muro says:

    I can’t believe you associated me with right-wingers. That hurts. 🙂 If anything, my beliefs are closer to the left. I don’t care if gay people want to get married. That does not harm me in any way.

    Governments provide services? Using that logic government can be justified to provide ANY and ALL services. Provide security from outside threats? So you’re trying to tell me the people who steal money from my paycheck will somehow be noble enough to protect me from outside threats? The biggest threat to me is the people stealing from me – not some tribal man living in a cave on the other side of the world.

    I agree that the right is extremely hypocritical. They blather on about small government but do just the opposite. In this way I find the left slighter more respectable.

    • I think you misunderstand what a government is. We’re not in Russia or China, we’re in a (slightly broken) democracy. Government is elected, and can be outvoted every two years. The “people who steal money from my paycheck” are there because you (and other citizens) sent them there. If you don’t like the current candidates you can always run yourself. You think you can do better? Do, don’t complain.

      Overall there’s a certain balance between the minimum the governments have to provide and the maximum that an individual can do himself.

      Take the health care for example: It is inconceivable that 20-30% won’t have medical coverage, and the government has to step in to balance the situation. However, it is perfectly fine for branded medicine to cost a fortune as long as there’s a generic alternative available, and the government has to let the free market do its thing. It is unacceptable that people start shooting people on the street just because they’re black and wear hoodies, and the government must step in and punish the offenders. However, if the closest sheriff station is 50 miles away, the government shouldn’t prevent a person from bearing arms and being able to defend himself.

      There are certain things the government must do, and must pay for it through taxation, as long as it is bearable and acceptable on the majority of the population it is fine. The fact that you’re not part of that majority doesn’t make it “stealing”.

      • Muro says:

        My wife and I voted and you have to give us 10% of your income. If you do not comply will we arrive at your house with guns and force you to hand over the money.

        Next week we’ll have an election on the policy between my wife, me and you. If you do not like the current arrangement then vote. Otherwise do not complain. If the vote passes (which I’m confident it will) then you must hand over 10% of your income. You have no right to complain since you got to vote on the policy.

        God I love democracy. I can see why others love it too.

      • Ridiculing one’s argument doesn’t make you right. You live in a society with a set of rules. You can abide the rules, or leave. I know that some people do leave societies they don’t wish to abide the rules set by. In the US the Constitution makes the government the most limited of anywhere I know, but if your wife and you are still not satisfied – you’re welcome to purchase an island and declare independence. Until then, you’ll have to play by the rules.

        This is becoming more and more off-topic of the article.

      • Muro says:

        I think this is still on topic with the article since you reference morals in your article. Government is an immoral institution and yet you want it to not infringe on other peoples’ morals. Good luck.

        This is usually where the conversation ends when someone can’t refute the fact that government is immoral: if you don’t like it then leave. I wonder if people who spoke up against British colonial rule or slavery where told the same thing. It’s as if things are not allowed to change for the better. This is the way it is and forever shall be.

        Don’t worry. I probably won’t be back to annoy you. For some reason it takes 5-6 seconds to load your website initially as well as going to the next page…beyond my limited patience. Also, when it loads it immediately starts playing a commercial video with audio.

        Good luck with your site. I like the few articles I’ve read.

  3. @Muro, you may claim that government is immoral and that’s your right. What I’m against of is you forcing me to adopt your opinion. That’s what Limbaugh, Santorum, and the right-wingers in general try to do.

    I’m not going to argue about your claims, as they’re obscene and don’t deserve the waste of my time. Government may be evil, but is necessary. What the government can and cannot do with regards to private affairs, is the discussion. You cannot maintain a society without it. Even an apartment complex has to have a sort of government to manage itself (aka HOA’s), corporations have boards, and counties have supervisors.

    But can your HOA tell you what to do in your bedroom? No. It can forbid you from soiling the community pool, but it cannot forbid you from soiling your living room carpet if you wish to.

    That’s what the discussion is about, not you and your wife disagreeing with governments paving roads.

    As to the site delays… This is a personal blog, and is not for-profit, so there’s a limit of how much I want to invest in it. I’ll try to either remove the video ads or make them not start on their own, I thought I set it up that way already, but apparently I didn’t.

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