Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Freedom...for Some

Via Vagabond Scholar on 17 Feb (thanks, Batocchio), I see a reference to the Tea Party's (mis)appropriation of the word "Freedom."

Batocchio's piece is a worthwhile read, and contains a wonderful gem from Steve Benen

This is about "freedom."

Well, I'm certainly pro-freedom, and as far as I can tell, the anti-freedom crowd struggles to win votes on Election Day. But can they be a little more specific? How about the freedom for same-sex couples to get married? No, we're told, not that kind of freedom.

I guess the notion that the government should keep its nose out of our personal business is caveated by the trumping notion that we (read: Tea Party, social conservatives, etc.) get the deciding vote on which "personal business" is public enough to warrant our control.

Back to Batocchio:

This attitude may be unconscious, or rarely spoken aloud, but it offends right-wing social conservatives if someone outside their tribal group exercises individual rights, without their permission. "Freedom" somehow means superiority, privilege and power – and just for them.


Say no more, can't improve upon that encapsulization.

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