Fuhgeddabout Free Speech! Franken Knows Best

My friend Eric from Why Dave Bergman is Neat just showed me Al Franken's Great American Shoutout:

What's going on? On September 2nd, 2004, at approximately 10 pm, George W. Bush will appear on television screens nationwide. For some of our fellow citizens, this will be a moment of joy. But for most of us, it will be the low point of an incredibly exasperating week.

Until now, there have been only two options: miss the speech (either by screaming at the television or turning it off), or bottle up the frustration within us, causing irreparable psychological harm. The first option is unbecoming of citizens in a democracy. The second option is just terrible. But now, for the first time, we have a better way. At the moment we see the president on our television screens, we will rise. We will throw open our windows. And, as George W. Bush moves to the podium in New York City, we will send him a message about his bid for reelection: we will yell, “fuggedaboudit!

This will be a peaceful, non-disruptive protest. We will stop yelling before the president starts speaking. Our goal is not to drown him out, but to communicate. (And vent.)

We will do it in groups. Find an event below, or if you can't find one, plan your own. You can also sign up to shout solo. If “fuggedaboudit” doesn’t feel right—for example, if you aren’t in New York City—we urge you to customize your shout. But no obscenities. You’ll be addressing the president of the United States. And we will be broadcasting the shout-outs live, from several locations, on Air America Radio.

Got suggestions for your local "Fuhgeddaboutit" equivalent? Send them here!

And isn't that what America is really all about? Denying others an opportunity to speak, refusing to listen, encouraging others not to listen to different ideas?

And frankly, what business does a political party have legally organizing and nominating its own candidate? By gum, this is America -- a land where freedom of expression means denying that right to others, or at least shouting them down. At least that's what it is to the Left.

And if we don't shout them down (or claim that we don't), at least we'll scream our heads off before we've heard what they have to say. That kind of prejudice is called patriotism.

ps: the Franko-Socialists really should settle on a single spelling. Is it fuhgeddaboutit, or fuggedaboudit? Oh ... right. It's just dumb.

posted by Dennis on 08.26.04 at 01:54 PM







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Great intel! I think you scooped the whole blogosphere!

Eric Scheie   ·  August 26, 2004 6:18 PM

Im going to open my windows and scream out, IM MAD AS HELL AND IM NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!

jay   ·  August 26, 2004 8:35 PM

"I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE!"

Indeed.

"Fuggedabout" me voting for Kerry.

"Disregard it in its entirety!"

triticale   ·  August 27, 2004 10:53 PM

this is truly what I love about my America we can disagree and still keep our heads

george   ·  September 2, 2004 4:16 PM

Boy, is this a lame idea or what! Franken-stein is such a loser.

Trippin   ·  September 2, 2004 4:56 PM

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