Talk about a one-two punch.
Not only is this a tremendous blow to American literature, but we have lost two of our nation’s greatest dissenters. You see, both Mr. Vonngegut and Terkel believed democracy was more than a marketing gimmick, able to survive scrutiny and other external challenges.
The ever feisty Mr. Terkel even sued the Bush Administration for it’s illegal wiretapping of American citizens. Studs explained his motivation in the New York Times:
I have observed and written about American life for some time. In truth, nothing much surprises me anymore. But I always feel uplifted by this: Given the facts and an opportunity to act, the body politic generally does the right thing. By revealing the truth in a public forum, the American people will have the facts to play their historic, heroic role in putting our nation back on the path toward freedom. That is why we deserve our day in court.
This comes in stark contrast to Sarah Palin’s views of what Constitutional freedoms are all about. Palin believes the First Amendment should be used to protect the powerful against criticism arguing:
“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”
Yeah, what ever you say Caribou Barbie.