February 16, 2005
I read this post and it takes me right back to what I've always believed. Freedom of Speech is the most precious right we have in this country. And the PURPOSE of free speech is to allow unpleasant voices to be heard. Yes--- you have the RIGHT to say things that piss people off.
But you are just as accountable for your use of free speech as you are for your Second Amendment right to bear arms. Fuck up with either one, and you may pay a price. Armed robbery will land you in jail. So will murder. The Second Amendment does't affect that kind of behavior, nor does it protect it.
Free speech is the same thing. If you voice unpopular opinions, be ready for a backlash. You have the right to VOICE those opinions, but you don't have the right to make people accept them. If you piss people off with what you say, shut up about the First Amendment and deal with the consequences. You were allowed to speak.
I'm not really angry at Kerr-McGee for firing me over this blog. I wrote some posts that could have caused them grand and expensive legal headaches in court, now that political correctness rules. HOLY SHIT!!! I used the forbidden "N-Word" in a post and Corporate Legal pissed all over the room. Just imagine THAT post brought out as evidence in a racial discrimination suit against the company?
I also called the Union a bunch of lazy slackards and I called my ex-wife, a top-level executive, a "bloodless cunt." No wonder the company was upset with me. I have the RIGHT to say such things, but I SHOULDN'T say them in my situation.
I knew the risk I was taking. I bearded the lion anyway.
They paid me off, I'm happy and I still write about the same way I always did before. I thought I had a pretty good case to sue them, but I just took what they offered and ran. I don't buy the claim that "free speech" is a right that carries no consequences with it.
Say what you want to. You have that right. But if you are exposed as a fraud, hated by the people you expect to buy your records and despised by people who hear you rant, don't whine about it. You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.
Or you should have.
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