Jim Moran: “Hell” = Profanity; (But “S–t” doesn’t?)CultureNorthern VirginiaPolitics

Jim Moran’s latest desires for censorship involve private advertising, once again. “Sick & Sicker,” a documentary chronicling the consequences of the Affordable Care Act, has purchased advertising space in a Clarendon WMATA station. Their ad includes the words “Barack Obama wants politicians and bureaucrats to control America’s entire medical system. Go to hell Barack.”

This exhortation was apparently too much for Mr. Moran, calling it “deeply disrespectful of the President of the United States and does not belong” in Washington, DC. He also told the General Manager of WMATA, “minimum standards of decency must be maintained through a vetting process….surely this ad does not meet those standards.”

When WMATA refused to take down the advertisement, citing free speech rights, Moran doubled down: “If their current advertising guidelines do not prohibit profane advertisements on taxpayer-funded property, then WMATA should take the initiative and update them. Profanity has no place in the public forum.

Forgetting for a moment that the word, “hell,” and even the phrase “go to hell,” does not meet even the FCC’s definition of profanity, let us remember that Representative Moran, while speaking to a crowd of 450 people (and while being funded with taxpayer money), told his constituents, “When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I’m going to earmark the shit out of it.”

So apparently, “hell” fits into Moran’s own special little definition of profanity. Sounds to me like he is trying to legislate his own version of morality.

(It couldn’t be that he’s just trying to silence opposition, could it?)

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  • Natedogg614

    I will be honest — I’m actually stunned that WMATA allowed this advertisement to go through (I assume that they have some kind of approval process).

  • Ghots of Alexander Hamilton

    While I can’t stand Jim Moran I think he is right. Our society and public life is crude enough without a public funded agency allowing this type of trash. How Mr. Moran conducts himself in person is open to challenge by those who elect him.

  • http://www.bearingdrift.com Brian Schoeneman

    The going rate for advertising in a Metro station for a month is around $125k.

    I get the feeling if they’re willing to pay that, Metro will let them put up just about anything.

  • Natedogg614

    Well, given the budgetary problems that Metro currently faces, I’m not surprised. Let’s get some more conservative ads in there. I have no doubt that there are folks who are willing to pay top dollar for them (might as well book it now before the DNC floods the Metro with “Obamaganda.”)

  • MD Russ

    I might be impressed if Jim Moran had been just as vocal about silencing the First Amendment rights of the Occupiers who were illegally camping in public parks, trashing the landscaping, and posting signs that were far more offensive than, “go to hell.”

    “On the Occupy Wall Street protests, he raised his voice saying, ‘Good for them! You protests! You march!,’ adding ‘This is what democracy is about. That’s who we are, its what the American revolution was about.’”

    http://www.fcnp.com/news/10320-moran-gets-fired-up-supports-efforts-of-occupy-wall-street-protesters/#ixzz1nuQbB9mV

    Apparently, the guy who likes to beat up women and small children thinks that only left-wing speech is protected.

  • http://www.amit-singh.com Amit Singh

    ah Jim, when is your party going to kick you out?

  • Natedogg614

    Rep. Moran would have to physically assault someone on the floor of the House before the Democrats would consider tossing him out. And even then….he might just get a slap on the wrist.

  • http://www.shaunkenney.com Shaun Kenney

    You know what is acceptable discourse? Beating the hell out of an 8-year old black kid. Or even better, telling Israelis to “go to hell” by backing the Palestinians.

    ‘Cause that’s how Jim Moran rolls…

  • ToR

    That sort of advertisement doesn’t have a role in America.

  • http://bearingdrift.com Andrew Schwartz

    That sort of legislator doesn’t have a role in America.

  • ToR

    Andrew Schwartz, go to hell. Does that have a role at this website? If it doesn’t contribute here, it doesn’t contribute in American politics. To think otherwise is sad.

  • tOr

    so silly