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Saturday, July 23, 2005

CALIFORNIA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL: A PATRON OF ANTI-AMERICAN ART? Michelle Malkin and Instapundit have posts about CA Democratic Attorney General Bill Lockyer's approval of an art exhibit trashing the USA and President Bush. Move America Forward has pictures of the pathetic pieces.

Artists certainly have a right to political expression. But audiences have the right to give their opinions about such expressions and government officials who provide implicit governmental endorsement to those expressions. Here, the anti-American art is typical of loonely leftism. It's both terrible and laughable, but hardly newsworthy by itself. Much worse is the Golden State's top attorney allowing its display at California's Department of Justice. Zoinks. What does this say about his sensibility moral clarity? I consider those traits crucial for a state AG.

(Blue Ash, OH)


  • At 10:12 PM, Blogger Conservative Schooler said…

    I have started a petition that I will hand deliver to Lockyer's office.

    Visit my blog to sign it.

  • At 8:36 AM, Blogger (Doxxiegirl) said…

    Ok...first of all...that is the most juvenile display of Anti Bush propaganda that I have ever seen.

    I mean, what, did a bunch of brainwashed 5yr olds draw those pictures..the so called art?!

    I have issue with anti american art, books, music, etc...I mean, freedom of speech is our right..thank God, or I wouldn't be able to have the opinions I have, but on the same token...If you dont LIKE America and its democracy, get the hell out! We dont need ya...

    That art is a digrace to our soldiers that are over in Iraq fighting..whether war is right or wrong, we should still stand strong and support our troops.

  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger Coop said…

    I am ALL for criticizing people who exercise free speech to say hateful and incredibly stupid things about the country. The folks who equate Gitmo with the Gulag or Nazis, for instance, deserve nothing but ridicule.

    True, there are situations where yelling outlandish things outrages the average person--and those kinds of utterances almost certainly lead to breaches of the peace. Such "fighting words" can be prohibited. But things get a little murky when we're not dealing with fighting words or national security secrets.

    By NO means am I a relativist or moral skeptic who thinks a marketplace of ideas is necessary ONLY because we can never arrive at truthful conclusions. To the contrary, by exposing the nonsensical views of others, we demonstrate our confidence in the truth of our position. Censoring those ideas might be indicative in a lack of confidence in our position.

    It might be funny for some folks to make up some phony anti-American art and then stage a public burning of it. What would the folks on the looney left do? My bet is that while some of them wouldn't raise any opposition, such a display would probably drive a bunch of folks on the looney left nuts. They'd likely claim it was censorship. Most folks on the right don't burn anything in protest--certainly, nothing that the looney left would ever care about. It's always easier to support those kinds of demonstrations when its somebody ELSE's sacred cow that's burning in the fire...


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