Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Mar. 17, 2003


Free Speech

Many Texans don't understand the concept of free speech.

That's why there is so much resentment and confusion and anger lately.

So as a public service, I will educate you.

Free speech does not refer to something you feel you should be free to say. It means something which the rest of us feel you should be allowed to say.

This is what caused the misunderstanding last week with the Dixie Chicks. Natalie Maine has a big mouth, and she shot it off, and many people resented it. She has a distorted concept of free expression. Next time she wants to express a personal opinion about an elected official, she should know to check with the rest of us first and we'll let her know.

Free expression means you must stand to show respect for certain country songs, if someone else wants you to. Last week in Houston, at a rodeo, beered-up people were standing for that Lee Greenwood song “Proud To Be An American.” When one guy didn’t stand, he was physically attacked, as he should have been. He obviously missed the new national law that says we all must stand for the national anthem, Lee Greenwood, and any John Phillip Sousa composition (except The Washington Post March because The Post is a bunch of lefties).

I am happy to have been able to clear up freedom of expression for you.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

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