“I don’t think people fought and gave their lives so that some guy can sit in his bedroom and be mean. I don’t think that’s what freedom of speech is,” he continued. “Freedom of speech is really about assembly — for us to collectively have an idea. We want to get our point of view out so we can assemble and I can appoint you to be the spokesman. That’s freedom of speech — to be able to collectively speak for a sector of people. But somehow it’s turned into ‘I can be an a****** whenever I feel like, say whatever I like, be disrespectful to people and not be courteous.’ It’s not good for our society. Not being courteous is not really freedom of speech. …
Now I have a reason to dislike John Mellencamp for something besides his horribly crappy music.
Gee, John, maybe I don't want to go and have a meeting with a bunch of people and decide on an opinion, then appoint a spokesman (ooops, sorry, spokesperson) to convey my then watered down opinion to the media, or the congress or the president. Sometimes I wanna sit in my bedroom all mad and shit and blow a bunch of steam out of my ass about how Obama and the administration are running the country down the toilet. And you know what else, John? There's a lot of times that I don't feel like being "courteous". And maybe I want to be an asshole. You know why? Cause I can that's why. Cause I'm an American citizen that's why.
Kind of like what I'm doing now. Whew...I feel so much better.