Jackboots always come in matched pairs, a left boot and a right boot.
That's what it's designed to do, frankly.
I don't like it, I think it's in atrocious taste, but I also believe that the speech we need to protect the most, sometimes, is that which offends us the most deeply.
It's a matter of principle for me to defend the right of some posters here to use it, no matter how tasteless I find their choice. Trust me when I say it significantly lowers my opinion of those who find it acceptable, though.
On the other hand, there is an agent provocateur inside me that does enjoy the fact that we maintain the ability in this nation to engage in such provocative displays. That definitely sets us apart from Europe, the UK and Canada these days. I like mocking some other people's most dearly cherished beliefs, so I have to give up some access to mockery of my own.
Last edited by Catz Part Deux; 08-18-09 at 06:06 PM.
It's a curious paradox, then, if you don't approve of the expression of unscrupulous or otherwise unsavory sentiments, but approve of the rigorous exercise of the institution that permits such expression. It stays consistent, though.