“I Love and Respect David Duke!”
Notice the different reaction?
OK, let's make the comparison precise: "I love and respect David Duke...a lot of people have wanted to silence him for the last 30 years, but that [expletive] is still talking and writing!"
See? No difference at all....everyone still thinks I should be--not suspended--but fired as a Baseball team manager.
And yet David Duke has never killed or physically harmed anyone. He has never stolen anything, as far as we know. But replace the name of a mass-murderer, mass-torturer and wholesale thief whose murders, tortures and thefts directly affect half the families in Miami--replace his name with Duke's in Ozzie Guillen's quip.....and?...notice the difference?....
Would a five game suspension have done the trick for a MLB manager expressing a David Duke valentine?
How many of Ozzie's champions today would still be on board carping about his "freedom of speech?"
And for those who think it started with Miami Cuban-Americans, chew on this:
"I know of no country in which there is so little real freedom of discussion as in America."
(Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in American, 1831)
Amazing how many (presumably educated) people believe the first amendment prevents a private business from castigating an employee who wantonly insults 98 per cent of its customers.
(And for the irony-impaired: David Duke ran for Governor of Louisiana in 1991 as the Republican candidate. I grimaced, held my nose and voted for a Democrat instead. The first and last time in my life I've pulled the Donkey lever in any election.)