If it wasn’t bad enough that the Senate Republicans and Senate Majority “Leader” Mike Bishop clearly demonstrated how low he will stoop to shut critics up by illegally censoring a progressive blog and stomping on the First Amendment’s Freedom of the Press for daring to call him out on his foot-dragging and attempt to hold the state budget hostage for his political gain, but his defenders are somehow spinning that outrageous and illegal behavior to defend Ann Coulter’s upcoming appearance at Cleary University.
As you know, last week Bishop ordered "Blogging for Michigan" blocked from being accessed from Senate computers, using the false claim that the blog was “created by a Senate employee using Senate equipment” and staffers were wasting time reading and posting comments on it. After an outcry from both the left and right, Bishop relented, but he said he would be back.
It was nice to see even rightwing blogs realize how heavy-handed and illegal this was and joined in calling Bishop out on it, but it didn't take long for rightwing bloggers to somehow compare what Bishop did to me trying to stop Coulter from getting paid $30,000 to appearance at Cleary University and their Economic Club Speakers Luncheon Series and further reinforce the false claim that my hometown, Livingston County, is a safe haven for racists and bigots of all ilks, like Coulter.
Even subscription only Gongwer had this snaky comment on the story it ran on Bishop backing off of his censorship attempt.
“Though ironically, on the blog, Ms. Barry has encouraged Cleary College in Livingston County to not invite conservative columnist Ann Coulter to speak at a college fundraiser.”
There is nothing ironic about it at all. This is very basic. The Founding Fathers created the First Amendment to stop the government from shutting down the press when they criticize the government. That is exactly what Bishop did. I am not the government, and there is no way I can ever censor Ann Coulter. I can try a boycott or try and force school officials to see the error of their ways in embracing and paying a hateful racist handsomely for their hate speech. I will try those things, and it is not illegal, censorship or infringing on her freedom of speech.
I have no problem if she comes down to Howell and speaks on the steps of the historic Livingston County Courthouse for free.
So these mundane, run-of-the-mill nuggets from the queen of hate are dedicated to the people who do not understand the most basic American right that protects all others.
"Anorexics never have boyfriends. ... That's one way to know you don't have anorexia, if you have a boyfriend."---Politically Incorrect 7/21/97
"We're now at the point that it's beyond whether or not this guy is a horny hick. I really think it's a question of his mental stability. He really could be a lunatic. I think it is a rational question for Americans to ask whether their president is insane."---Equal Time