I’m in DC this week taking in the sights.
Got me to thinking about things like Liberty and Freedom.
Some time ago the left was aflutter over the bill passed in Arizona allowing businesses to deny service based on religious freedoms.
Ridiculous, of course. Everyone who believes in people being free support people businesses denying service to anyone for any reason.
But not the left – THEY have cornered the market on tolerance. See:
Silversun Pickups have demanded that the Romney campaign stop using the band’s song “Panic Switch” at political rallies. It is the latest pop group to object to the use of a song at Republican events.
The band sent a formal cease-and-desist letter to the campaign on Wednesday, saying the Republican presidential candidate never sought permission to play the song. “We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign,” the lead singer, Brian Aubert, said in a statement.
And going a little further back:
Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign also came under fire for using music from artists who did not support it.
In 2008, the band Heart asked the campaign to stop playing its song “Barracuda” in honor of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s nickname on her high school basketball team, “Sarah Barracuda.”
The band even went on national television to express its outrage.
“Sarah Palin’s views and values in no way represent us as American women,” Ann and Nancy Wilson told Entertainment Weekly. “We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image.”
McCain also settled out of court with Jackson Browne for using his 1977 hit “Running on Empty” in a campaign ad without the artist’s permission.
Foo Fighters, John Mellencamp and Boston asked McCain and other candidates to stop using their music.
And Tom Petty didn’t find Michele Bachmann his type of “American Girl.” The rocker’s manager asked the Bachmann campaign to stop using his 1977 hit “American Girl” after it was played during the kickoff event for the Minnesota representative’s presidential bid.
See, it’s okay to deny service as long as it’s properly liberal.