The latest case in point: Geraldine Ferraro.
Obviously the woman cannot speak freely and give her opinion without having to tender her resignation.
After she gave a paid speech last week to the Torrance Cultural Center in Torrance, California The Daily Breeze, a newspaper in Torrance, reported that she said:
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."She says what's on her mind and then has to resign? So now what? Are we only supposed to whisper what we think in the back rooms for fear someone might be offended with what we say?
Furthermore, she said, "In 1984 if my name had been Gerald Ferraro, not Geraldine, I would never have gotten nominated," she said. "Was I qualified? Absolutely."
The same, she said, is true of the Obama candidacy. "Why is his candidacy historic? Can you give me another reason why it is an historic campaign? Why are we afraid to say this? I am absolutely stunned by this whole thing. I'm not saying he isn't qualified, never did I say that. He is very smart. He has experience issues, but if George Bush can learn to run the country, so can this guy."
Even Samantha Power, an unpaid foreign policy adviser and Harvard professor, resigned from the Obama campaign just for saying Hillary "was a monster".
So is this the kind of repression of speech that progressive Democrats want to see in this country? Should everyone be so afraid to speak their mind for fear of being called racist or some other lame allegation? Can no one make critical comments without it being made into a federal case because someone is "offended"?
Gosh - even Hillary apologized on behalf of something Bill said about Obama and Jesse Jackson.
In Jefferson's time there was rabid campaign rhetoric between the Federalists and the Anti-federalists - I don't believe anyone was forced to resign as a result. (You can read the book Adams Vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History))
It is unbelievable to me that people aren't seeing the danger of what is going on here. It isn't so much what people are saying... it is that they are being severely punished for saying it at all! I honestly don't care what jobs or positions these people hold in these campaigns either. It all amounts to censorship. That in and of itself is very anti-American and is the signal that freedom of speech is clearly in danger in this country.
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - attributed to Voltaire ( but this is disputed )