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Miss Me Yet? It's About Freedom

Updated on March 4, 2018
Free Speech is the Issue
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It's About he Freedom to Support Freedom!

The new billboard with the question, “Miss me yet?” beside President Bush’s photo is an absolute hoot and it is a perfectly timed attention getter.

With all that’s been happening in our government, with the middle of the nation at a standstill due to a storm, with the war’s state of affairs in these circumstances, this billboard speaks volumes to the world.

Leftists would do well to ignore it, but they are simply unable to do so. Wisdom on the part of their cause would be to leave it alone. Apparently, though, it is impossible for them.

Is it that they are afraid of what trying to ignore the tea partyists did for their side, or is it just not surprising since wisdom would be the factor behind the negative action they need to display.

No matter, the issue isn’t about political parties or their agendas. Turns out that the issue is really about freedom. With the outcry against the billboard so obviously displaying a desire to shut down free speech, the real point of putting up this billboard has been disclosed.

Deliberately or inadvertently, I don’t know, but the folks behind the “Miss me yet?” billboard have done us all a great favor in displaying their creativity. They have pointed out that there are some in our country who would shut down free speech while they defend their own viciousness toward others. It's a telling situation.

When I first saw a picture of this billboard I thought it was probably a computer generated fake. I seriously doubted anyone had that much humor left after the events of this last year.

I really thought that people were feeling too hopeless to come up with the idea, but evidently not. Today “Surely it’s not real,” turned into, “Well how ‘bout that!” And I couldn't help but smile.

The "Miss Me Yet?" billboard points out that there are those in this country who will shut down free speech even as they defend their own vicious responses toward anyone who disagrees with them.

Is It About Freedom?

It's About Free Speech

I expect that I very well might vote for President Bush again if given the opportunity, but it would all depend on who else was running. That’s the American way!

However, that issue is now totally sidelined by the question of whether citizens have the right to free speech in our country. The character of the battle we are in, the reality of what we are up against should be examined carefully.

Are we free to say that the current administration is getting us ever deeper in debt while blaming President Bush? Are we free to say that we don’t like the trend toward socialism that is being forced upon us?

Are we free to question what is going on politically? Are we free to state our concerns, to encourage others to think for themselves, to tell the truth if we know a lie has been told? Don’t we still live in America?

The President Bush billboard is about freedom and it’s an important dialogue to keep in the forefront of all the issues we face as a country. Individuals, businesses, and all political parties still have the right to free speech in our country.

It is wisdom to protect America's free speech whether we agree with the speech or not for without that freedom, we are in bondage. It's a simple matter to understand and an important matter to give attention to.

We need the freedom to call a lie a lie, to call a thief a thief, to call a predator a predator. To proclaim our beliefs, to announce the truth, to vote according to our beliefs is our right. If we want to hold on to our freedoms we will give this issue attention.

We need to consider all that the issue of free speech among a patriotic people entails. We should talk and write about this issue, and we should actively support free speech wherever and whenever we can.

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    12 months ago from the short journey

    Whoa, it's been a while since I thought about this post! In taking a look at it again my thoughts go to current news reports about predators and they have me thinking enough to write a hub, but I probably won't right now.

    Catching the latest on predators is making me sick, sick, sick of the women who complain about them on the one hand and yet when it's a "dear old friend" caught red-handed they openly say they want to approach it with compassion for him while out of the other side of their mouth they say they will faithfully report to us as if they were reporting about anyone else. It's just sickening.

    Call a predator a predator. Don't advertise his professed repentance and commitment to make repairs (the nerve of saying such a thing after raping someone) or publicly rehearse to no end the details of the suffering he put his victims through. Call a predator a predator and put him in jail.

    They should be done with him and clean up their own act, beginning with facing the fact that they need to dress modestly not only to protect themselves but to also teach their daughters to do the same, as well as to protect other women from men who can't control themselves after they've watched them display themselves like street... ooooh...I should to stop.

    But oh how much more needs to be said! How desperately the issues involved need to be discussed openly! The whole business of all this going on so long among the very people accusing others of it, among the women who kept silent for so long as they ignored the signs and symptoms among their peers is disgusting.

    Sorry, friend. I thank you for stopping in to give consideration to the thoughts posted here so long ago now, and I very much appreciate that you left feedback. Going forward is definitely going to be a test.

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    Peggy Woods 

    12 months ago from Houston, Texas

    Freedom of speech as well as freedom of the press is what helps to keep us free and both should be protected vigilantly. There will always be assaults on both from people or countries with other agendas. We are definitely seeing in 2017 and it will probably always be tested as we move forward.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Clearly. :) Thanks for stopping in and leaving your comment.

  • garynew profile image


    8 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

    Anything that expresses admiration for Bush or disdain for Obama is clearly racist hate speech. Just ask any committed liberal (or any liberal who should be committed).

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for commenting on this hub. You may have noted Petra Vahl's comment above. As a result of reading her work I wrote a hub about her. I think you might be interested in reading it and her work:

    Keeping the dialogue going is very important. Petra offers an extraordinary opportunity for us to help do that.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • anglnwu profile image


    8 years ago

    I had a kick too when I saw the billboard. Freedom of speech is a very twisted thing here--they allow those who shouldn't be speaking out to speak (there is anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-Jew group) and they allow to spread hate in front of school grounds here. And when honest, loving people try to stand for their rights, they are told to hold their peace. Thanks for this enlightening hub.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    It would be great to stay in touch!

  • Petra Vlah profile image

    Petra Vlah 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles

    Hello again,

    I thank you very much for reading some of my hubs and encouraging others to do the same. I am grateful you also placed a link to one of my stories and it goes without saying you are more than welcome to write a hub about me

    I am using someone else's computer right now (for a few days) but will get back to you and answer all your comments as soon as I get mine fixed

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Well, send this hub (or write a new one and include the picture) to your friends and acquaintances...keep it out there as looong as possible. Keep in mind, the real issue with it is free speech!

    Thanks kindly for stopping by and for commenting.

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    Stan Fletcher 

    8 years ago from Nashville, TN

    Love the billboard. Love the hub. The left is for free speech as long as people are saying what they want to hear. I would even laugh at a billboard of Bill Clinton with the same caption. Bush wasn't my favorite prez, but there's no question he's better than what we have now. I would love to see this billboard right here in Seattle, but it would probably be burned down.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks very much for stopping in. I looked for more news on it but could not find any so was motivated to hub it. Because of all the vicious attacks on him I hope we can help keep this billboard in the news. It's not just the fact that it makes us smile, but the story behind its production and placement with the response to it that is important.

  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    RTalloni, I saw this sign on the news yesterday and it gave me a great laugh. He looks pretty good now as compared to the present mess we're experiencing. Thanks for a good hub.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    I read your bio and "Marked Family" hub before replying to your comment here.

    Thank you very much for honoring me by reading my hub and leaving your comment. I started to mention political correctness in this hub but decided to consider the topic for another hub, thinking that I would connect the dots with it and so-called hate speech. Thank you for beginning a dialogue about it here.

    Also, I am posting a reference to your hub that I read here:

    and I want to encourage everyone to read it through to the end.

    Again, I want to encourage you in your writing. I plan to read more of your work and encourage others to do the same. Would you mind if I wrote a hub to encourage others to go to yours?

  • Petra Vlah profile image

    Petra Vlah 

    8 years ago from Los Angeles

    As long as the "politically correct" idiotic nonsense is still alive and well there is NO freedom of speech


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