Skip to comments.Cartoonist Ted Rall: "We Do Not Owe Our Liberties To The Military"
Posted on 02/03/2006 8:30:23 PM PST by infoguy
In an especially contentious exchange on this evening's Hannity and Colmes (Friday February 3, 2006), cantankerous cartoonist Ted Rall, a guest on the program, unbelievably declared, "We do not owe our liberties to the military." The topic was the recent Washington Post cartoon by Tom Toles that has outraged many. The cartoon prompted a letter to the editor (linked at Michelle Malkin) from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who tagged the the work as "beyond tasteless." Needless to say, Rall (who himself has created bigoted trash in the past) defended Toles' cruel piece. Here's the relevant exchange (audiotape on file, emphasis mine):
SEAN HANNITY: Here's what you're missing. The reason that you have the right to be mean, and you were mean to this guy [killed in Afghanistan, former NFL star Pat] Tillman, who gave up a football contract to save his country. The reason you have the right to be mean in your cartoons, and Toles has a right to mean and insensitive in his cartoons, is because of people like this (Sean holds up the WaPo cartoon) that literally put their lives on the line so you have the right for free expression. And you insult them and use them as props so you can make your left-wing political points.
RALL: Sean, you could not possibly be more wrong about the nature of this country. We do not owe our liberties to the military. We owe them to the Constitution. We have civilian rule in the United States --
HANNITY: The military preserves the Constitution. They put their lives on the line so that you have free speech. You do owe them.
RALL: The military doesn't give us free speech.
HANNITY: Yes, they do.
RALL: Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers gave us free speech.
HANNITY: No. Because if they don't defend that Constitution, you don't have the right to be so wrong in your cartoons!
"We do not owe our liberties to our military"?? I'm sure George Washington would have had a few things to say about that, not to mention the generations of heroic young men who fought and died to protect and defend our precious liberties.
It was simply another pathetic display by Ted Rall. How ungrateful this man is. What a disgrace.
By the way, if Rall's comments weren't sad enough, co-host Alan Colmes claimed that the Joint Chiefs' letter to the Washington Post was "intimidating" and that there was a "chill of intimidation that goes right down the spine of the First Amendment." Puh-leeze, Alan.
Ted Rall is a pin prick.
Rall is a boil on the buttocks of humanity - a turd in the punchbowl of life - a useless eater - an oxygen waster - a poor use of resources to have him on tv....Why does Hannity keep doing it?
Well, minus the pin part.
Rall looked like a real geeky weasel on the show. He is a tough talker for a guy afraid of his own shadow.
I would like to be the first to sponsor a one way ticket fund for Mr. Rall to the Socialist Leftist Nation of his choice. The list should include:
He should be given an INS escort to the aircraft with instructions to NEVER AGAIN RETURN TO THIS COUNTRY YOU LEFTIST PIECE OF CRAP!!!
Or as Tim Robbins sez..."A Chill Wynde" .
Hold that piece of paper up in front of you and see if it will stop bullets.
No. George Washington's soldiers did. And they're all dead. The ones defending it now are alive and fighting for our freedom around the world.
"We do not owe our liberties to the military. We owe them to the Constitution."
This guy is stupid on top of being seditious. We don't owe our liberties to the Constitution any more than we owe them to Jefferson, the Founders or to the great pumpkin. The Constitution merely affirms that our rights are GOD given and the Constitution reinforces that by limiting government's ability to take them from us.
We want this goon on TV. Makes our points for us.
Who's Ted Rall and why should I care??
Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters
If I ever meet this guy my first instruction to him will be to call his Proctologist and my Pediatrist.
Did you just say the G-word?
What a loser. Th. Jefferson, Madison, whoever, would've been executed w/o an army to win the Revolution. Rall was not worth "debating" cuz he's an idiot.