Sean Penn Gets First Amendment Award

The public spirited artists and entertainers of the Creative Coalition honored Sean Penn this week with their First Amendment Award. The acceptance speech he delivered was so moving and comprehensive that I don’t want to clutter it up with my extraneous commentary. So I’ll just provide a few choice excerpts and implore you to go read the whole thing for yourself.

“We depend largely for information on […] issues from media industries, driven by the bottom line to such an extent that the public interest becomes uninteresting.”

“And should we speak truth, we stand against government efforts to intimidate or legislate in the service of censorship. Whether under the guise of a Patriot Act or any other benevolent-sounding rationale for the age-old game of shutting down dissent by discouraging independent thinking and preventing progressive social change.”

“And, where is the accountability on behalf of the American dead and wounded, their families, their friends, and the people of the United States who have seen their country become a world pariah. These events have been enabled by people named Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, and Rice, as they continue to perpetuate a massive fraud on American democracy and decency.”

“Let’s give the whistle-blowers cover, let’s get the subpoenas out there, and then, one by one, put this administration under oath. And then, if the crimes of ‘Treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors’ are proven, do as Article 2, Section 4 of the United States Constitution provides, and remove ‘the President, Vice President and…civil officers of the United States’ from office.”

I purposely left out some of the best stuff. Go read it.


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