Jonah Goldberg plants his tongue deeply in cheek and goes off on a great rant on the Dixie Chicks, Martin Sheen, and all those other "brave dissenters". It’s a great piece that deftly pops the argument that there’s some right-wing conspiracy to destroy free speech in America.
Free speech does not mean that everyone has to agree with you. When Martin Sheen says that Bush is a racist warmonger who wants to steal all the world’s oil, he’s exercising his right to free speech. When I say that Martin Sheen is a washed-up has-been with a third-grade conception of the world, I’m not censoring Sheen or contributing to some Orwellian censorship – I’m excising my right to free speech. Freedom of speech does not equate to freedom from criticism – in fact, it’s only logical that a society should give radical criticism to radical ideas.
Of course, as has been made increasingly clear by the left, the tenets of free speech only apply to those who agree with them.