Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordConstitution, TheatreLeave a Comment

Texas' Lt. Governor:

"The cancellation of the play, Corpus Christi, by the [state-run] university was the right thing to do. While I'm a strong defender of free speech, we must also protect the rights and reasonable expectations of Texas taxpayers and how their money is used. A play that is completely contrary to the standards of decency and moral beliefs of the vast majority of Texans should not be performed using any state resources, especially by an institution of higher learning."

Questions for the Lt. Governor:

(1)  How do you know what the "vast majority of Texans" consider to be indecent and immoral?

(2)  Do the "vast majority of Texans" consider government censorship to be indecent and immoral?  Have you asked them?

(3)  The Texas Constitution has a Bill of Rights saying that "no law shall ever be passed curtailing the liberty of speech or of the press".  It also says "that everything in this 'Bill of Rights' is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void."  So the question is: Where in the Texas Constitution does it say that taxpayers have the "right" to control how their tax dollars are used?

(4)  What about the strip clubs, who you are forcing to pay taxes?  Don't they have a say in how their tax dollars are used?

(5)  By the way, just how much of the "state resources" would the play actually be using?

(6)  In your mind, what  makes you a "strong defender of free speech" when — clearly — the only speech you will "defend" is speech that needs no defending in the first place?

(7)  And finally, why are you such a mouth-breathing backwater redneck dick?