Roger L. Simon

Not your grandfather's Voltaire

Leave it to not-so-Frère Jacques to wind up on the wrong side of the free speech debate, condemning those who published the Mohammed cartoons at the very moment a French satire magazine is asserting those rights so associated with the Enlightenment. [Why would Chirac be for free speech?-ed. That kind of thing could get him in jail for corruption. Good point for once.] Meanwhile, a potential US presidential candidate is speaking out. But nothing from her probable opponent. So far a “Hillary cartoons” search at Google News comes with up nothing substantive on the cartoons/free speech issue. In fact, there’s nothing much from the Democratic side of the aisle on what should be prime liberal subject matter. Is this yet another case of liberals and conservatives having switched rolesin our society?