A QUICK CLARIFICATION ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT


Amen!!

SERENDIPITY

1st amendment cartoonThe first amendment says you can say, write, or publish whatever you want without fear of being arrested, shot, imprisoned, or otherwise legally penalized. On television, the internet, as film or in print. From your mouth or on your blog, even if what you are saying is incredibly stupid, baseless, and factually incorrect. Even if it offends everyone who reads or hears it. As an American, being a loudmouthed jerk is constitutionally protected.

However. The first amendment does not say you are required to utter, write, film, broadcast, or publish whatever idiocy crosses your mind. Just because you can does not mean you should. The Constitution protects your right to be a moron. It does not mandate you actually behave like one.

Those are your rights. My rights include the right to ignore you.

A right is no substitute for using your brains. It’s okay to really think. Honest.

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13 thoughts on “A QUICK CLARIFICATION ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT

    1. And Thank you Also! You represent a Voice of Reason in our nutty country! As for my hair it is Manic Panic Vampire Red!! After my hair went totally gray when I was 52 I decided to Go Bold and Go Red!! The results have been great!! 🙂 😀

      1. LOL! Funny! I think Heavenly Jesus was thinking about zapping Cheeto Head’s hand when he placed it on the Bible as he was taking the Oath of Office. I’m surprised lightening did not strike! On the other hand maybe True Jesus has got an unwelcome surprise for him in the near future!!

  1. This is true, but the courts have long decreed that there are some limits. For instance, you do not have a constitutional right to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. Having made that nitpicking legal point, great post, and especially the part about the right to ignore the intemperate, idiotic rantings of some people. As the old saying goes, ‘I might disagree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,’ up to a point, because your freedom of expression ends at the tip of my nose. You have to be old like me to quickly get the meaning of that last sentence.:-) Keep up the great work!

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