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Palin, Van Susteren agree, free speech not the point in ‘Duck Dynasty’ case

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says the fight over Phil Robertson’s remarks to GQ magazine has moved beyond the “realm of law” to whether conservatives are free in the cultural sense to express their opinions.

Palin told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren whether A&E violated the “Duck Dynasty” star’s First Amendment rights isn’t the point. The bigger question, she said, is “whether we’re allowed to express our personal opinions without threats of intimidation and mockery and criticism and loss of jobs and revenue.”

sarahpalin1224Van Susteren noted that  “people loosely use the term ‘free speech.’” In the case of a television show, she said, viewers dictate through their watching habits what gets aired. “If the market wants to be such that people don’t want to watch someone, so be it.”

True enough, Palin said, but the real question is in “pop culture, whether we’re going … to be allowed to express our opinion.”

No one suggested A&E has a First Amendment  obligation to continue employing Robertson – and no true conservative would. Coercion is a liberal tool.

Palin’s point to Van Susteren Monday night was the same one she made on her Facebook page when the Robertson controversy first broke: In a liberal media environment, even uttering an opinion that was shared by the president until he changed his mind is verboten, no matter what the law says. In other words, as Palin put it, “free speech is an endangered species.”

Liberals love finding non-existent “rights” in the Constitution, like abortion and gay marriage. It’s the ones printed in plain English – like freedom of speech and bearing arms – that they have a problem with.

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