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I read a story on CNN tonight that just plain pissed me off.

I am not necessarily an Eminem fan. He is purposely controversial and he gets the media attention and it sells more records. I can understand that. I think I do something similar here... some of the stances I take are a little more on the controversial side just so I can get a rise out of someone. Debate is a good thing.

Anyway, this point of this story was that the Secret Service has opened up an investigation into a bootleg song done by Eminem. Their excuse is that it could be a threat to the president. I read the lyric and I found a snippet of the song. The lyric in question is "Fuck money, I don't rap for dead presidents. I'd rather see the president dead."

OK. It isn't a well wish, but I think it is a long way from being a threat against the president. Eminem did not come out and say that he was going to kill the president. In fact, he didn't even name the president. So, isn't this so called threat vague to say the least.

Last I checked, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution says that the government cannot abridge free speech. That, to me, says that anyone can say pretty much anything. If someone wants to jump up and down and say that they want to kill the president, they have that right. You may not agree with it, but they have that right. If they are pointing a gun at the presidential motorcade while they are shouting, then that is another. I can't find anything anywhere that says it is illegal to say that you want to kill the president. Even if there is a law out there somewhere, it would be clearly unconstitutional and should be overturned.

This is a freaking song and one that hadn't even been released to the public. Paranoia can be a good thing, but this is a little extreme.

I am sure that this post has just gotten me on some list as a threat to the president. I'll have to keep my eyes out for the unmarked black helicopters now.

"Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection." - General Colin Powell

Comments

You know, I'm going to have to agree with the government on this one. The security of our president and in general, all politicians is a sacred thing. You have to remember that sickos listen to music as well as watch TV, right? What if one freaked-out whack job heard the released song and said, "yeah that's a good idea, here I come"? I doubt if they think Eminem was going to do something, but they know that what I just said is a good reason to watch closely.

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