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Larry the Cable Guy: You live in America, lighten up

Larry the Cable Guy: You live in America, lighten up

(1:55) Larry King chats with American comedian Larry the Cable Guy about blue-collar conservatism and gay rights.

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Guest: Stanley Marsh (1786 days ago)
Why do Americans always have to refer to the fact that they think they live in the "free-est, greatest country in the world"? I think if the revelations of the last few years have shown us anything it's that the citizens of the USA are far from free with some of the highest levels of surveillance on it's own people of any country on Earth and you need only look crooked at a law enforcement officer to find yourself on your belly with your hands cuffed behind your back being accused of terrorism. Of course if by free they mean you are free to pick up a gun and walk into a school and wipe out some innocent lives then yes America is definitely very 'free'.
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Why do Americans always have to refer to the fact that they think they live in the "free-est, greatest country in the world"? I think if the revelations of the last few years have shown us anything it's that the citizens of the USA are far from free with some of the highest levels of surveillance on it's own people of any country on Earth and you need only look crooked at a law enforcement officer to find yourself on your belly with your hands cuffed behind your back being accused of terrorism. Of course if by free they mean you are free to pick up a gun and walk into a school and wipe out some innocent lives then yes America is definitely very 'free'.
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Guest: America is free. (1786 days ago)
We are free to act, speak, or think as we want without hindrance or restraint. We have liberty and independence. The UK, for example, does not have freedom of speech. Your laws specifically prohibit speech of a racist or anti-religious nature. In the USA, we can say anything negative about our political officials that we want but in the UK, you cannot advocate for the abolition of the monarchy. Which country is more free now?
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We are free to act, speak, or think as we want without hindrance or restraint. We have liberty and independence. The UK, for example, does not have freedom of speech. Your laws specifically prohibit speech of a racist or anti-religious nature. In the USA, we can say anything negative about our political officials that we want but in the UK, you cannot advocate for the abolition of the monarchy. Which country is more free now?
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Guest: Stanley Marsh (1786 days ago)
So if I walk into Time Square, burn the 'Stars and Stripes' (an ‘act’) and proceed to voice my view that the US is in fact no less free than any other western democracy you can guarantee that I will not be restrained or hindered in any way? Theory is all well and good but practice is the test. Extraordinary renditions, the right to assassinate U.S. citizens, indefinite detention, presidential right to render arbitrary justice, warrantless searches are all examples of American ‘freedom’. A lot of other western countries are no better but it’s about time Americans stopped kidding themselves and putting themselves up on a pedestal.
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So if I walk into Time Square, burn the 'Stars and Stripes' (an ‘act’) and proceed to voice my view that the US is in fact no less free than any other western democracy you can guarantee that I will not be restrained or hindered in any way? Theory is all well and good but practice is the test. Extraordinary renditions, the right to assassinate U.S. citizens, indefinite detention, presidential right to render arbitrary justice, warrantless searches are all examples of American ‘freedom’. A lot of other western countries are no better but it’s about time Americans stopped kidding themselves and putting themselves up on a pedestal.
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Guest: America is free. (1786 days ago)
And, by the way, surveillance of phone records to and from foreign people helps keep the USA free. Surveillance does not remove freedom but gives it to us so we do not fall prey to the controls of any foreign countries or terrorists.
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And, by the way, surveillance of phone records to and from foreign people helps keep the USA free. Surveillance does not remove freedom but gives it to us so we do not fall prey to the controls of any foreign countries or terrorists.
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Guest: Don't make me laugh (1786 days ago)
I think your government have thrown so much disinformation bullshit at you that some got in your eyes and now you can't see what is staring you in the face. You believe you have more freedom than we in the UK? How about the Occupy Wall Street movement where people were being arrested for just turning up in support (a retired police Captain, for one)? Your police are at the beck and call of the rich and powerful who are scared to death that the truth will stop them earning the equivalent to the national debt of many small countries every week of the year, so they have innocent, concerned citizens - NOT terrorists, NOT hooligans, just ordinary folk with a strong enough opinion to do something - arrested on trumped up charges to get them out of the way because they are seen as a threat. Your government don't want you to think critically because if you do, you may start to question what they are doing to you. You have the American Dream to chase. In the UK, we don't have a dream because we're awake.
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I think your government have thrown so much disinformation bullshit at you that some got in your eyes and now you can't see what is staring you in the face. You believe you have more freedom than we in the UK? How about the Occupy Wall Street movement where people were being arrested for just turning up in support (a retired police Captain, for one)? Your police are at the beck and call of the rich and powerful who are scared to death that the truth will stop them earning the equivalent to the national debt of many small countries every week of the year, so they have innocent, concerned citizens - NOT terrorists, NOT hooligans, just ordinary folk with a strong enough opinion to do something - arrested on trumped up charges to get them out of the way because they are seen as a threat. Your government don't want you to think critically because if you do, you may start to question what they are doing to you. You have the American Dream to chase. In the UK, we don't have a dream because we're awake.
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Guest: (1788 days ago)
This has been my point of view for years. Regardless of where you are, live and enjoy your own life to the best of your ability and leave others to do the same. Everyone is entitled to their opinion on any given matter, but not everyone wants to hear your views. Discuss them with interested parties but otherwise, have the decency to keep them to yourselves. I also have a problem with the culture of 'celebrity'. There are magazines in the UK that cater to the small minded (who don't have enough of a life of their own) and offer them the world shattering news of who has just split from whom, which soap opera bit part player has cellulite and so forth. The subjects of this drivel are often only famous for appearing briefly on some fifth rate 'reality' show which nobody watched. Get a life of your own. Live it as best you can and stop sticking your nose into the lives of people who have no bearing on your day to day life.
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This has been my point of view for years. Regardless of where you are, live and enjoy your own life to the best of your ability and leave others to do the same. Everyone is entitled to their opinion on any given matter, but not everyone wants to hear your views. Discuss them with interested parties but otherwise, have the decency to keep them to yourselves. I also have a problem with the culture of 'celebrity'. There are magazines in the UK that cater to the small minded (who don't have enough of a life of their own) and offer them the world shattering news of who has just split from whom, which soap opera bit part player has cellulite and so forth. The subjects of this drivel are often only famous for appearing briefly on some fifth rate 'reality' show which nobody watched. Get a life of your own. Live it as best you can and stop sticking your nose into the lives of people who have no bearing on your day to day life.
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Guest: (1788 days ago)
what about bullies?
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what about bullies?
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Godkilla Godkilla (1788 days ago)
Bullies have a baring on our day to day lives. If you don't believe so, wait until your son or daughter are 13
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Bullies have a baring on our day to day lives. If you don't believe so, wait until your son or daughter are 13
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Guest: (1787 days ago)
correct! so how do libertarians deal with adult/minor bullies?
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correct! so how do libertarians deal with adult/minor bullies?
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Guest: Foo (1786 days ago)
You want to discuss libertianism and bullying is the best thing you can bring to the table?
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You want to discuss libertianism and bullying is the best thing you can bring to the table?
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Guest: (1786 days ago)
it's not the best thing i can bring to the table but it's a thing which no one is addressing, at least on this post, so how do libertarians deal with adult/minor bullies?
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it's not the best thing i can bring to the table but it's a thing which no one is addressing, at least on this post, so how do libertarians deal with adult/minor bullies?
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Guest: Liberty is Prosperity (1786 days ago)
Restraining orders, duh.
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Restraining orders, duh.
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Guest: (1785 days ago)
Latest comment: a piece of paper... good luck with that
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Latest comment: a piece of paper... good luck with that
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