Posted by panch from ? (18.104.22.168) on Friday, May 17, 2002 at 8:37AM :
When a person elects to take on an official role in any entity that seeks the limelight from which to get our attention...uses radio and TV and meetings and conventions to do what he or she or they feel is important...when they seek the public arena from which to spread themselves...they then agree to manage their public personna in such a way as to protect themselves from obloquy or disdain or retaliation for things they may do that impact the lives of others.
You can't have it both ways...ahem. You can't say.."HEY look at ME...over HERE!!!" Then, when what you say to as many people as you can get to, turns out to be displeasing or harmful to some...and they come back at you in the same public forum you used to spread yourself out in all your glory...and they say..."what you just did sucks"...you can't yell about your privacy being invaded and how dare anyone criticize you in public and call you names etc.
Those names may be well earned...you may DESERVE to be insulted for ever thinking what you had to say must be accepted and taken in without a "wrong" word of protest coming from anywhere...that you get to not only determine what you will say and how you will affect people's lives...but ALSO that you will control their reaction to the dumb things they think you do, things that turn out to be harmful in the extreme.
This has been tested several times and it almost always loses...certainly it will lose this time.
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