The American Left used to champion free expression. We were lectured — correctly — that the price of being repulsed by occasional crude talk and art was worth paying. Only that way could Americansensure our daily right to criticize those with greater power and influence whom we found wrong and objectionable.
When 1950s comedian Lenny Bruce titillated his audiences with the F-word and crude sex talk, liberals came to his defense. They reminded us that vulgar speech is not a crime: The First Amendment was not just designed to protect uplifting expression, but also rarer blasphemous and indecent speech.For liberals…………..
“They said that he was sick ’cause he didn’t play by the rules
He just showed the wise men of his day to be nothing more than fools
They stamped him and they labeled him like they do with pants and shirts”
“You see, the trouble is that we all live in a happy ending culture, a what should be culture instead of a what is culture. We’re all taught that fantasy. But if we were taught this is what is I think we’d be less screwed up.” – Lenny Bruce, as voiced by Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 film, “Lenny.”
The heroes of free speech and truth-telling in society are always discredited and pushed to the fringe.
In America, the paragons of free speech and frankness are the poets, comedians, and independent journalists. The poet Ezra Pound, the comedian Lenny Bruce, and the journalist Alex Jones all come out of the American tradition of freedom of thought and freedom of speech.
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Literature, comedy and talk radio are avenues through which ideas and issues are discussed openly and courageously. Alternative points of view that are shut off from the mainstream cultural environment can be heard one the frontiers of thought.
Lenny Bruce redefined comedy and inspired Carlin, Hicks, and many other game-changing comedians. Alex Jones has redefined media journalism. His work along with the work of Infowars.com will inspire new independent journalists to take down corrupt politicians and elites.
Bruce was raising taboo subjects with bravery and keen insight. The Establishment was scared of his take on comedy and society. So they used the media attack dogs to label him and put him into a corner. He was called “obscene,” “offensive,” and a “deranged communist.” Time Magazine called him a “sick comic.”
But the Establishment’s labels didn’t work on everyone, and eventually the medium of comedy was revolutionized because of Bruce. He helped changed the values and opinions of the American people in a radical way, towards a more free and honest direction.
By Jim O’Neill Sunday, July 31, 2011
“Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”—Mark Twain (1835-1910)
“If you can’t say f—k, you can’t say, ‘f—k the government.’”—Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)
“I’ve been accused of vulgarity. I say that’s bulls—t.”—Mel Brooks
Before getting into the meat of this article I would like to briefly discuss the recent acts of terrorism in Oslo, Norway. No sane person, and certainly no Christian worthy of the name, could possibly condone such horrific activity. Link
That is a lie. Breivik’s manifesto has much more in common with the rantings of eco-nut Ted Kaczynski, than the teachings of Jesus Christ. But I will let that pass for the moment, and shortly direct attention to some other whoppers that the mass media have told us. These lies, or Sorelian myths if you prefer, are sometimes given as evidence of the media’s hypocrisy and double-standards. I prefer to call the media bald-faced liars—it’s more to the point. Link Link