Isn't it ironic that the people who are always telling the truth-loving, Constitution-defending people to leave America and go live in some totalitarian country are the ones who espouse totalitarian principles? The fact that they themselves cannot see this indicates that they are, well, stupid. Don't point out the obvious, don't advocate free speech, don't oppose injustice or hypocrisy, don't speak against the leaders. Those dictates are, in case you've forgotten, the tenets of fascism.
Consider the case of Natalie Maines. (This is a particularly interesting case, since some slightly more enlightened Maines-bashers said it was okay for her to say what she said, but she shouldn't have said it in another country
--a lesson they undoubtedly learned in their families of origin, e.a., "Yes, Daddy is a drunk and everyone in town knows it, but when you're at the neighbors' house, pretend you
don't know it.") Or Danny Glover. Or Sean Penn.
Now it is Margaret Cho
. Cho did a political stand-up set at a moveon.org show, and she has been barraged with attacks from right-wing, [foreign-made] flag-waving, Bush-worshipping Amurikans, many of whom didn't even realize her words were part of a comedy performance. They didn't realize this because they are so out of the cultural loop that they have no idea who Cho is, and because Matt Drudge made a point of taking the transcript bits out of context and publishing them on his homage-to-yellow-journalism website.
The attacks on Cho are all pretty much the same: that she is stupid, unpatriotic, etc. That's amazing in itself, since Cho is extremely bright, and is a 24/7 defender of the U.S. Constitution. She is also attacked for being Chinese, which is interesting, because she is American. However, the ignorant people were actually referring to her ethnic heritage, except...that is Korean. But hey, all those yellow-skinned people look the same, so give the bigots a break, right?
She is also attacked for being fat, which she isn't. She is no longer the close--to-death skeletal Oriental girl-child manufactured by her employers at ABC for All-American Girl
, but so what?
What could be more un-Amercan than attacking someone because of her race and her gender? Oh, what a long way we've come, baby.