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I read with interest your March 14 editorial (“Call off the attacks”) regarding the efforts of a few well-known – some would say infamous – liberals to silence Rush Limbaugh and his right to free speech guaranteed by our First Amendment.

I found it particularly disgusting to see “Hanoi” Jane Fonda among those named. While her views are far too liberal for me, her behavior during the Vietnam War was reprehensible and resulted in untold pain and misery inflicted on our servicemen held as prisoners of war. I was deployed in the Republic of Vietnam at the time she visited Ho Chi Minh. She had no clue as to what the rank-and-file soldier thought of her actions. Had there been a treason trial for her – many thought that would have been appropriate, with her guilt presumed as a result of photographic evidence – there would have been no shortage of volunteers to serve on a firing squad for her. Despite her collaboration, I do not recall a public effort to deny her right to freedom of speech or expression of her political views, regardless of how wrongheaded.

Those of us who serve/have served in our country’s uniforms do so for many reasons – first and foremost, to preserve our democratic republic and the freedoms endowed by our Creator, which are subsequently enumerated in our Bill of Rights. I know of no one who serves, or has served, who did so to preserve or allow creation of a socialist/nanny state form of government. I surely did not. While I may not agree with a given point of view, I fully support your right to it. We all have the right to be wrong and in this case, despite Mr. Limbaugh’s poor choice of words, his right to free speech must be preserved. Fonda, Gloria Allred, Gloria Steinem and others of the same opinion are simply wrong.

President Obama has called for more civility in our national dialogue. Does he have the courage to weigh in here and accurately define this liberal effort to erode the American way? Or, by his phone call to Ms. Fluke, has he already clearly stated his position?

Cone S. Underwood

Augusta

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 03/16/12 - 10:17 pm
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I wonder if Mr. Underwood

I wonder if Mr. Underwood would have written this letter had Limbaugh refered to HIS daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt, neice or girlfriend a slut and a prostitute and demand that in return for medicine she turn over video of her having sex with a partner of her choice?

Just a question.

faithson
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faithson 03/17/12 - 12:23 am
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'his right to free speech

'his right to free speech must be preserved', Freedom without license is anarchy. Pure and simple. How far have we as a Nation fallen when a man can somehow bemuse his 'friends' into believing He has some 'right' to call a women a 'slut' and 'prostitute' on the National airways under the guise of 'free speech'. Anyone who thought his apology was sincere did not listen.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 01:13 am
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Only liberals should be

Only liberals should be allowed,no cheered,for name calling. Right,faithson?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 01:30 am
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faithson,I notice you didn't

faithson,I notice you didn't cite any of the names that liberals called palin. Why?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 02:09 am
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faithson,would you compare

faithson,would you compare what limbaugh said about fluke and what mahr said about palin and point out the differences?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 03/17/12 - 02:41 am
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Personally you can't compare

Personally you can't compare Rush and Maher. Rush is on the "free" airways while Maher is on HBO which you have to purchase.
Now I didn't hear what Rush said about Fluke or what Maher said about Palin.
I know what I think of Palin. Dumb as a box of rocks. She does not know her history, geography or politics. She hurt the Republican party much more than helped it. I really wish she would shut her mouth and go away. I have trouble with stupid people who think they're smart.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 02:41 am
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faithson,PLEASE point out the

faithson,PLEASE point out the differences between limbaugh's statements toward ms.fluke and mahr's statements toward palin.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 02:45 am
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So shrimp for breakfast,it is

So shrimp for breakfast,it is more about the medium used while making the statements than the statements themselves? What an arguement!

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 02:46 am
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So shrimp for breakfast,it is

So shrimp for breakfast,it is more about the medium used while making the statements than the statements themselves? What an arguement!

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 02:59 am
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Could it be that mahr gave

Could it be that mahr gave hussein $1,000,000 that gives him a pass?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 03:07 am
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So,shrimp for breakfast,if

So,shrimp for breakfast,if limbaugh had made the statements on pay-per-view,they would have been acceptable?

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allhans 03/17/12 - 03:24 am
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If that had been Limbaugh's

If that had been Limbaugh's daughter he would probably have been so ashamed he would have hung his head. Can you imagine, your own daughter?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 03:29 am
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If that would have been

If that would have been mahr's daughter,he would have hung his head in shame.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/17/12 - 04:19 am
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With all the crap going

With all the crap going on...why oh why do we let this mess side track us.....answer THE MEDIA RULES our life-politics-we might as well hand over the dang election because they are choosing the candidate...does anyone know what L Lohan-K Kardashian --Brittany are doing today...
not to mention Charlie Sheen....
GGGGEEEEEZZZZ....GGGGEEEEZZZ..AC PUT SOMETHING SMART ON HERE!.......I totally blame AC for this...you can do better.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 04:37 am
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Well seenitB4, it's about

Well seenitB4, it's about voters thinking it's fine for liberals to name-call and it's vile for conservatives to behave in the EXACT same manner. I think BOTH-BOTH are unacceptable and vile. You are correct about diverting attention away from the REAL issues by both sides. These are both opinions of the two entertainers and have nothing to do with the economy,unemployment,the rising prices of everything,or any real problem facing this nation. It does show the mind set of both sides-distraction-seperation-and defeat! Win at all costs!

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Techfan 03/17/12 - 04:42 am
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Maher WAS canned from ABC for

Maher WAS canned from ABC for his comments. Rush is free to say anything he wants. Like Maher, however, he also must suffer the consequences of his speech.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/17/12 - 04:47 am
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I hate what rush said...but

I hate what rush said...but this is par for the course...we let THEM do this to us...I don't like Stern either....these people make MILLIONS-MILLIONS....so what gives....people like SHOCK JOCKS..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/17/12 - 04:50 am
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I've got it....we need a

I've got it....we need a shock jock station....like CNN...SNN...call it Shock NewsNow...all day 24/7

That way we can get something sensible elsewhere..

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 04:52 am
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Anybody that lets either of

Anybody that lets either of these two people to influence the way they vote,aren't intelligent enough to vote!

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 04:58 am
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"Bill Maher has every right

"Bill Maher has every right to say such things. But he has a responsibility not to." AC editorial 3/6/07.
"With the blessed end of this bitterly hateful man's show, we pray the nation's dialogue is lifted out of the foul back alleys of the human soul." AC editorial on Keith Olberman 1/26/11
Have I missed the similar editorial condemning Limbaugh?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 05:02 am
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Techfan,have you condemned

Techfan,have you condemned what maher said about palin or did you agree with what he said?

jic
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jic 03/17/12 - 05:08 am
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IMHO, there is no such thing
Unpublished

IMHO, there is no such thing as 'free speech' in a country where only a handful control the airways and political/religious dialog and the majority have no voice at all. Rush's so-called 'free speech' ends with slander. It is the same lack of morality being debated about with Goldman Sacks alleged "right" to lie and steal from the public, "because they can." Neither cares about the real consequences to an individual they harm. It doesn't matter if Mayer "started it" or who did. It's time for the church-going hypocrites here to admit it is immoral no matter who is at fault.

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Riverman1 03/17/12 - 05:21 am
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I do think we're all backing

I do think we're all backing up a little bit with carrying free speech to the extreme. Maybe Rush's incident made us all examine the issue a little more and when we see it happen now, by liberals or conservatives, we all say, whoa. Even Bill Maher seems a little more civil now. David Axelrod decided not to go on his show. Shock theatre only works for awhile.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 05:25 am
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I think they were both over

I think they were both over the line. Maher is on premium tv, however, not over the airwaves.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/17/12 - 05:27 am
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We need to back up..imo

We need to back up..imo

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/17/12 - 05:28 am
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Techfan, the rudeness

Techfan, the rudeness permeated everything. But media people are now a little hesitant because people are tired of the lack of class. I wonder how it is going to affect some of the TV political shows?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/17/12 - 05:31 am
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Keith Olberman used to get a

Keith Olberman used to get a way with murder. He would scream, "Dick" and put a photo of Cheney up trying to be funny. He was out of control and I believe MSNBC finally realized it to their credit.

Techfan
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Techfan 03/17/12 - 05:34 am
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And now Olberman's on Channel

And now Olberman's on Channel 5,697 on the tube.

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 05:45 am
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Tec,still can't quite condemn

Tec,still can't quite condemn maher's statements?

copperhead
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copperhead 03/17/12 - 05:52 am
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Back to the medium used to

Back to the medium used to spread the vile statements to divert attention away from the actual statements.

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