Scott Tibbs
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October 10th, 2005

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Grow up.

A woman is upset with Southwest Airlines for asking her to remove a t-shirt that used the "f word" to describe members of the Bush Administration, reports television station KRNV.

Predictably, she is screeching that she has a "free speech" right to wear the shirt. She is right in that the government (federal, state or local) cannot censor political speech, even obscene speech such as the writing on the woman's shirt. However, private businesses are allowed to set standards as to what they will and will not allow on their property. Amusement parks like Cedar Point make it very clear what they will and will not allow in the park. Ask a player or coach in the National Basketball Association if they have complete freedom of speech the next time they are fined several thousand dollars for complaining about referees.

Where this might get sticky, though, is if the airline has accepted money corporate welfare from the government, and if so, how much.

This shirt is emblematic of why George W. Bush was elected to serve four more years as President. Millions of Americans were unnerved by the extremism and hatred displayed by the radical Left. Rather than advocating for their issues or explaining why the policies of the Right are harmful, many Leftist activists are motivated by a personal hatred and vindictiveness for their political "enemies". I have experienced this personally.

If the Democrats want to win the White House in 2008, they are going to need to reign in their radical fringe. With the Democrats self-destructing, The only thing keeping Republicans from keeping hold of the White House is the GOP's amazing ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Discuss the issue at Multi-Level Political Debate.