I noticed a number of right-wing bloggers sneering at Susan Sarandon and Barbra Streisand for expressing opposition to the war in public. The general take seems to be that because Ms. Sarandon and Ms. Streisand are "merely" actors, they should not have an opinion. Some of the rants have an almost royalist feel: these folks are trying to get above themselves and speak against their betters. Others try for a curious variation of the old class warfare argument: these rich bitches are using their popularity and their money unfairly to promote their opinions.
I got news for you, sweetpeas: in a democracy (yeah, yeah, a Republic, whatever), everybody's opinion counts. Even yours. So get past it. If Dennis Miller can support the war, Arnold Schwarzenegger can make appearances at the Republican convention, and Charlton Heston represent the NRA, Sarandon and Streisand can speak their liberal minds publicly.
One of the great gifts of the Founding Fathers is this little thing called the First Amendment. It guarantees free speech to every citizen of this nation. Not "those I like"; not "the right sort of folk"; not "the experts". You, me, and my aunt Sally. The most ignorant jackass in the most backwards town can stand up and preach to anyone who will listen. You can ignore them; you can rebut them; but you cannot shut them up. You don't have the right.
By the way, there's a silver lining to this: if you ever find yourself in the minority again--and you will--your rights are protected too.
I guess I am saying, actually, they're pro-ratings. They're pro-easily-packaged-stories. They're pro-sensational-headlines. They're pro-ratings grabbers. They like their graphics.
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