15 July 2009

Attn J. Mellencamp: more singing, less pontificating

Saturday Free Speech Roundup | Popehat:

Item the First: John Cougar Mellencamp is a censorious twit:
"I don’t think people fought and gave their lives so that some guy can sit in his bedroom and be mean. I don’t think that’s what freedom of speech is,” he continued. “Freedom of speech is really about assembly — for us to collectively have an idea. We want to get our point of view out so we can assemble and I can appoint you to be the spokesman. That’s freedom of speech — to be able to collectively speak for a sector of people. But somehow it’s turned into ‘I can be an asshole whenever I feel like, say whatever I like, be disrespectful to people and not be courteous.’ It’s not good for our society. Not being courteous is not really freedom of speech. …"
This is not the first time that Johnny Cougar's idiocy has come to the attention of South Bend 7. Please see this previous post detailing the fit he pitched about the music industry just not being fair anymore!

Mellencamp specifically has his knickers in a bunch now about comments on blogs and YouTube videos, which he thinks shouldn't be legal because they're just so rude -- not at all like things when he was growing up! Somehow this relates to him not using a cell phone. But he likes text messages. I'm as unclear as you may be about how this is relevant, but the steel trap mind of The Cougar thinks it is.

Isn't the real reason the First Amendment has any force not that people agree on the value of freedom of speech but rather that they disagree on who they want to shut up? Is religious freedom a product of agreement on the value of religious freedom or is it a product of disagreement on who is going to hell?
—Alex Taborrok

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