Rocker Doesn’t Understand Free Speech


John Rocker, the racist former MLB pitcher who is now a columnist for the Worldnutdaily, shows that he still doesn’t have the first clue what free speech means. He still thinks that his free speech was violated because he was criticized and he thinks the same goes for the president of Chick-Fil-A.

Over recent years, it seems the term “free speech” has become more of an oxymoron than an absolute in our society. 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 of chastisement.

Over the past decades, media, in their infinite wisdom, have declared themselves judge, jury and executioner regarding what is acceptable and not so in the realm of exchanging ideas, thoughts and opinions. They also seem to be the ones who have created the “rule book” we all must follow – which over the years has gotten extremely complex with a tremendous array of double standards and finite logic regarding those to whom true freedom of speech actually applies.

There is without a doubt an unwritten but staunchly understood “pecking order” when considering who has the right to freely voice thought without the fear of public scorn and who must tread very lightly on certain obvious topics of socially sensitive subject matter. Media, along with a brainwashed segment of the American populace, grant asylum to different degrees according to what segment of society one belongs. The seemingly more oppressed an individual and that individual’s group is the better. Let’s face it, some have the ability to wage verbal holocaust and go virtually unscathed in the court of public opinion, while similar thoughts or opinions voiced by one whose existence does not grant them immunity will most likely be subjected to scorn and public rebuke from all sides until penance has supposedly been paid. Undoubtedly, the conservative, heterosexual, white male gets and most likely will continue to get the proverbial short end of the stick when it comes to speaking freely. Those who fall into this unfortunate category had better watch their backsides with both eyes when discussing any topic with a script of politically correct verbiage that must be followed.

Absolutely wrong, you idiot. Free speech means you can’t be punished by the government when you say something egregiously stupid and bigoted; it also means that other people have an equal right to point out that it’s egregiously stupid and bigoted. Criticism is not censorship.

According to most in media and some in the political arena, Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy did not follow the script outlined in the Manual of Political Correctness, Article 2, Subsection A5, regarding gay marriage. Dan Cathy had the galling nerve to assume that as an American he has the right to freely voice his opinion. What arrogance!

No, what ignorance on your part. Dan Cathy is not in jail. He has not been punished by the government. He’s been criticized. Just like I’m criticizing you right now. I am not, however, violating your free speech; I’m exercising mine.

Comments

  1. Michael Heath says

    While Rocker’s fatally defective and idiotic argument has long been with us; it seems to have increased in popularity with Sarah Palin. Ms. Palin employed this argument because she was upset people criticized the stupid things she said where she had no credible response, therefore her response was that she was a persecuted free speech victim.

  2. Larry says

    without fear of scorn and/or ridicule derived from non-agreement

    This is so fundamentally stupid it can only come from the mind of a moran. Johnny boy needs a refresher course on the bill of rights.

  3. Chiroptera says

    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.

    Ha ha ha ha. Seriously? I can guarantee that our Founding Fathers neither intended nor practiced “free speech” with that meaning.

  4. Chiroptera says

    And another thing, I don’t know about Rocker himself, but most of these nuts who think “free speech” means freedom from criticism are themselves, hypocritically, awfully critical when others make use of their freedom to speak in favor of positions that they hate!

  5. StevoR says

    I am not, however, violating your free speech; I’m exercising mine.

    ^ This! Exactly.

    That sentence needs to become an internet meme or acronymn.

    IANVYFSIEM?

  6. frog says

    without fear of scorn and/or ridicule derived from non-agreement.

    –>It’s so nice when they make their errors obvious. Full credit to Rocker for actually articulating the thing that stupid people apparently believe (at least when applied to themselves), rather than just assuming we’re all on the same page.

    It’s so much easier when they give you a concrete thing to point to and say, “This right here? This is where you’re wrong.”

    Of course he’ll probably thrash about how he’s not wrong, but now there’s a concrete thing to insist he prove. I’m certain there is no phrase even remotely resembling “without fear of scorn or ridicule” anywhere in the Constitution.

  7. imrryr says

    I was greatly surprised that for the most part the comments section actually agrees that Rocker’s definition of free-speech is total crap, though I guess it’s possible that those comments aren’t from WND regulars.

    Then of course there’s the one dude who keeps reposting the same Patrick Henry “this nation was founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ” quote even after being informed that it’s a David Barton fake. Incidentally, when I originally typed the full quotation into Google I came across dozens of right wing sites quoting it as legit. I now think I better understand why Ed hates David Barton so much.

  8. pough says

    Those who fall into this unfortunate category had better watch their backsides with both eyes…

    And if he ever manages to pull his head out of his ass he will be in a perfect position to do exactly that.

  9. ema says

    Undoubtedly, the conservative, heterosexual, white male gets and most likely will continue to get the proverbial short end of the stick when it comes to speaking freely.

    Said the conservative, heterosexual, white male while speaking freely.

  10. coleopteron says

    John Rocker, the racist former MLB pitcher who is now a columnist for the Worldnutdaily, shows that he still doesn’t have the first clue what free speech means.

    Of course, if he’d known what free speech means I’m sure the WND wouldn’t have given him a column. If he doesn’t keep his head in the sand regarding important things like that, how will they trust him to know how horrible the left is – what with their criticism, concern for human rights and universal health care?

  11. says

    Let’s see … how did it go again? … “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech except for those that prevent people from pointing and laughing at morons …”

    Undoubtedly, the conservative, heterosexual, white male gets and most likely will continue to get the proverbial short end of the stick …

    Rocker certainly did when it came to brains.

  12. Randomfactor says

    He has not been punished by the government

    A couple of clueless municipalities have tried or at least threatened to do so.

    But the same can be said of city governments which have defended the posting of Christian symbols, as they found out to their financial loss.

  13. Pieter B, FCD says

    pough @#9

    if he ever manages to pull his head out of his ass he will be in a perfect position to do exactly that

    What color internets would you like, and where shall we send it?

  14. d cwilson says

    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.

    That wingnuts like Rocker and Palin continue to get the First Amendment wrong just boggles my mind. Ironically he’s accusing others of doing exactly what he’s guilty of: Wanting free immunity from criticism and the right to tell anyone who disagrees with him to shut up.

    Remember that mantra from Jesus Camp that kids were told to recite? “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.” This is exactly the kind of mentality this mantra breeds. Because they’ve deluded themselves into thinking their beliefs were handed to them by God, they think they are above criticism and anyone who objects to them needs to sit down and shut up.

  15. tubi says

    I just wrote on fb page yesterday, the “free speech does not mean speech free from consequences.”

    Clearly, as has been noted, John Rocker is not the first brain-dead dipshit to come up with the fundamentally wrong point.

  16. katie says

    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 of chastisement.

    What, like 1798 with the Alien and Sedition Acts, right? That sure eroded fast.

  17. Sastra says

    Like many people, Rocker is apparently confusing the Founding Fathers with Mommy.

    When adults supervise children they usually have some rules in place regarding teasing and insults: don’t do it. No laughing at those younger than yourself, let them talk, be nice. The most important thing is getting along with others at the birthday party — it’s not deciding who is right about what. Timid children must be encouraged to speak up, and they will never do so in anenvironment which doesn’t make them feel perfectly safe. Mommy says shush, listen.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this is where Rocker and others have gotten their view of what “free speech” means.

  18. says

    Aaaaand, he misses the whole point about Dan Cathy.

    I couldn’t give less of a care about the opinions he voiced. I’ve heard it a million times before, I know it’s wrong, and I’ll happily tell him how it’s wrong.

    My disgust comes from the fact that I helped him pay a hate group to help them work against gay rights. I owe it to myself and the man that at one time I was ready to propose to, to never ever purchase from them again.

  19. fastlane says

    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.

    Yeah…..[Citation Needed], indeed.

  20. 'smee says

    Nathaniel Frein @ 20

    My disgust comes from the fact that I helped him pay a hate group to help them work against gay rights. I owe it to myself and the man that at one time I was ready to propose to, to never ever purchase from them again

    this.

    My wife ended up in a flame war on FB when she made this point. I had posted a status that I was “eating mor Bif!” on August 1, to which she replied positively. That was seen and commented upon by her more wingnut friends, and her response (similar to NF) resulted in the hordes of Christendom being unleashed* upon her!.

    They. just. don’t. get. it!

    * similar to being flailed by a child using a rope of toilet tissue — as a punishment it is extremely ineffective but gets very, very annoying

  21. matty1 says

    Undoubtedly, the conservative, heterosexual, white male gets and most likely will continue to get the proverbial short end of the stick when it comes to speaking freely.

    Ooh the poor persecuted dears, how terrible it must be to dominate your community and live in terror that people you regard as lesser might (whisper it) disagree with you.

  22. says

    I’m curious as to how somebody could attribute such a sentiment to the Framers, considering that no-less than Ben Franklin used to refer to John Adams as “His Rotundity. Or how about the fact that two of them SHOT EACH OTHER? That’s not considered scornful?

    Yet another example of the Framers being elevated to the level of near-sainthood.

  23. Ichthyic says

    Major league baseball pitcher to pundit for WND?

    that’s sufficient punishment for Rocker’s stupidity, methinks.

  24. lofgren says

    If a CEO spends millions of dollars advocating that the government use his personal religious convictions to curb civil rights and weaken families, that’s freedom of speech.

    If you refuse to give that CEO $7.50 to assist him in his efforts, that’s persecution and a violation of the first amendment.

    AUTHORITARIANISM

  25. says

    It’s not like they were particularly hiding it, but hiring John Rocker, whatever he says, is an explicit indication that Farah et al are going with the pointy white sheet look now.

  26. Trickster Goddess says

    Your right to say something stupid does not negate my right to point out your stupidity.

  27. dan4 says

    To be fair, you also see this sort of bizarre misunderstanding of the First Amendment occurring on the far left. Example: When Danny Glover made some comments critical of America with regards to the death penalty, some conservatives called for a boycott of the then-recent movie The Royal Tennebaums (Glover had a role in the film). In response, buzzflash.com, a liberal website proclaimed that people should “stand up for free speech” by seeing the movie.

  28. brocasbrian says

    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.

    This couldn’t be more off base. Let me fix it.

    Technically, as our Founding Fathers intended, we are all given the undeniable right to voice our thoughts and opinions freely without fear of government intervention or prohibition.

    Mr Rocker, you are free to say all the stupid things you like. Everyone else is also free to call them stupid.

  29. brocasbrian says

    @ 1 (Michael Heath)

    When Palin made her free speech victim plea it was actually much worse. She was running for vice president. The 1st amendment protects the people’s speech from gov intervention. Not the other way around.

  30. says

    John Rocker; all of the indignorance of Roger Clemens with none of the talent. His exiting the clubhouse of whichever teams he pitched for must have been cause for celebration. What a clueless fucking asshole.

  31. slc1 says

    Re democommie @ #34

    Actually, in his first three years with the Atlanta Braves, Rocker was a very talented closer, racking up 38 saves and an ERA of 2.49 in his second year in 1999 (his first full hear). Unfortunately, at age 25, it was the high water mark of his career as his career went steadily downhill after that, ending at the tender age of 29.

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=rockejo01

  32. PatrickG says

    @

    To be fair, you also see this sort of bizarre misunderstanding of the First Amendment occurring on the far left.

    Yeah, it’s sad (in a /facepalm way) to see that happen. On the other hand, when it does, you typically see a lot of people on the left coming down on their fellows like a ton of bricks (cf Boston/Chicago comments).

    Nary a peep from the Right, though.

  33. jimmyfromchicago says

    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.

    Aren’t the WND crowd supposed to be rugged individualists?

  34. andrewlephong says

    I guess complaining about New Yorkers who are “purple haired kids” or “queers with AIDS” doesn’t really count as scorn and ridicule in John Rocker’s world. It’s only scorn and ridicule when he feels butthurt about it.

  35. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    As a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan I can not begin to tell you how perfect a match John Rocker and WND are.

    I’ll be giggling myself to sleep over this.

  36. dan4 says

    @39, Andrew, Rocker suffers from BillOReillyitis (named after the guy who tsk-tsks individuals for engaging in “personal attacks,” and then calls some people he disagrees with “pinheads.”).

  37. says

    slc1:

    I just spent about 40 minutes doing some research on Rocker, only to have teh GODZ of the intertoobz eat the whole comment.

    Suffice to say that Rocker in NO way compares to Clemens in terms of pitching prowess (nor for that matter does he compare with relievers/closers like Eckersley or Rivera–to name but two). In terms of being fucking idiotz they both would be first ballot inductees into the MLB Hall of teh burnin’ stoopit.

  38. slc1 says

    Re democommie @ #43

    I would agree with Mr. democommie’s comment as applied to Mr. Rocker over the long term. However, 38 saves and an ERA of 2.49 ain’t chopped liver. At age 24 that would seem to indicate that he had considerable talent, which, for whatever reason, never materialized again. I haven’t done any investigation into him to determine if his failure to fulfill his very considerable initial promise was due to injury or mental problems. On the other hand, it may be that, like Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Joe Black, he was a 1 year wonder.

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