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First Amendment is So Complicated

We all learned about the Bill of Rights in school, the name by which the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution are known. Some of the Bill of Rights are more complicated and harder to understand than others, thus easier to forget. But the simplest to remember and apply is our freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.

That said, how can a Vice Presidential Candidate NOT KNOW when her First Amendment rights have been violated!?

No satire or questionable statistics with this post, just facts. And here they are…

ABC News’ Steven Portnoy reports:

In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by “attacks” from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama.

Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama’s associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate’s free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.

“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

Remember, this isn’t the first time she’s displayed her ignorance of the Constitution on a national stage.

Furthermore, the Constitution guarantees freedom of association.  Thus, by Sarah Palin’s own reasoning, when the media (or Palin herself) criticize Obama for his associations, they’re actually threatening his constitutional rights. Hmmmm….

SO I’ll ask the question again. Do the McCain supporters really feel comfortable with this woman a (72 year old’s) heart beat away from being our President? A ski bum would know better than that!

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14 comments to First Amendment is So Complicated

  • GBM

    Not directly related, but proves my point about her inadequacies even more!!!

  • jen

    so we get it. you dislike mccain and palin. but exactly why do you like the obama/biden ticket so much. give us something.

  • Hmmm is right. If she becomes the next president I’m moving the family to Canada. Because you know it will happen. And, on the brighter side my children will grow up polite.

  • GBM

    Jen, Nope. That’s not the topic of this post. But I’ll consider answering your question, if you first answer mine. ;)

  • KC

    I like the Obama ticket for many reasons. I like the idea of an intelligent articulate president representing me on a world stage. I like the idea of a middle class tax cut versus one that favors the rich. I like that he understands education and repeatedly states that parents must turn off the TV, read daily with their children, check their homework, and get involved with their local schools. I like that he has spoken early and often against the Iraq war. I like that he is championing alternative fuel research. I like that he supports a woman’s right to choice. I like the way he and his family carry themselves. I like that he is literally living the American dream. I like the idea of a little diversity in the “White House”. Just to name a few. There are also many things I like about McCain, but I have to agree with Gary that Sarah Palin is not ready for the presidency of the U.S..

  • Mike

    Yes i still feel comfortable knowing she could be a “heartbeat” away from the presidency.

    “Freedom of association is the individual right to come together with other individuals and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests.” And let me repeat the last part again “express, promote, pursue and defend common interests.” So basically Obama has been doing all of these with known terrorist.. And your asking us if we stand behind someone who messes up her speeches? lol I would rather have someone who messes up a speech or an interview leading me then someone who pals around and shares “common Interests” with known terrorist.. But see we can’t get the full story on this cause Obama won’t share it and the news won’t report it fully..

    You are proving my point more and more. You all keep putting the spot light on her. Why is this? Why does she threaten you so badly? Is it cause you feel they are going to win? Is is cause she is pretty? I’m baffled why so many are spending so much time trying to prove how dumb she is when the dude they are supporting is getting away with everything.

    I have searched and searched everything i could on Obama. There really isn’t to much out there about him. Nobody knows how he really is. We only know how he is in front of a TV.. At least with McCain we know who he is.

    And no they are not threatening Obama’s constitutional rights. Cause “bashing” him is not against the law. it falls under freedom of speech.

    And one last thing. How would you like to be Sarah Palin right now? How would you like to have all the things that are happening to her, happen to you? I bet she never dreamed things would be like this when she agreed to be on the ticket. I am ashamed of how American’s are acting towards her. And even more, i’m ashamed on how many “woman” are acting like this towards her. Don’t like her, fine don’t vote for her but stop picking out every little slip up she makes.

    Of course she is going to say stupid things from time to time. Look how many speeches she has made since being on the ticket. And there are plenty professional news people who love to try and trip her up. Ms. Couric for one..

    I mean if you want to get really petty, then how about your guys stuttering problem. He stutters like crazy every time he speaks. So when he is handling diplomacy issues with Russia will he be like iiiiiiii pppppromise iiiiii’lll nnnnuke you! ta ta ta today JR! :-)

    See what i am saying.. And we can go back through all the tapes and find where Obama has sounded pretty stupid too… Funny how the news doesn’t cover that though huh.. But man if Palin does it, people are all over it. Not to mention how stupid Biden sounds half the time. I swear he is trying to make it so Obama loses.. Why else would he say the things he says lol.. But yet, i see nothing about his comments and how dumb he is from time to time.

    At least Palin has Executive experience.. Which is more then Mr Smooth himself. I say instead of bashing every little thing she says, let’s take into account they are all tired and all will mess up from time to time.

  • GBM

    And I want people to know that I don’t think McCain is a monster by any means. In fact I’m SURE he would be many times better than the current administration. I do think he made a very irresponsible and selfish decision in picking Palin. Jen, I’m going to commit a specific blog post highlighting why I like Obama/Biden, sometime this weekend.

  • GBM

    >> I’m baffled why so many are spending so much time trying to
    >> prove how dumb she is

    I’m spending a lot of time on Palin? Mike, your comments are chapters! :) I’ve spent as much time posting 5 political articles in the last week, as you’ve spent on one comment.

    As far as your question about how would I like to be Palin… I wouldn’t like it, but then again I wouldn’t have agreed to get in completely over my head with the irresponsible McCamp stunt that brought her in on the ticket.

    BTW, you keep forgetting to link up your site(s) when you comment. You’re missing out on some good link juice. I linked your sites up to the first comment thread we had the other day, so you know. Can’t wait to see you guys at xmas :) We’ll cruise dirt roads in the muck in four wheel drive and drink beers and talk about it more in person…

  • Mike

    lol yea my posts are always long.. Can’t help it. I get wrapped up in it and always have a lot to say..

    Basically all i meant by that is, there are sooooo many more highlights about Palin as there are with Obama or Biden.. And both have made the same mistakes.. They just don’t get the heat for it.

    WoW look at this.. A short post :-)

  • GJM

    I’am sorry I hate to take sides against my son or son-in-law but, opinions are like assholes, we all have one…. is that word allowed on here?.. lol. But, I have to agree with Mike, anyone suprised?

    Obama has made many stupid statements also. One that sticks out in my mind is when he was being interviewed by an ABC reporter after a rally speech and was asked how many more states were left ( this was during the primaries ) and he said ” Now lets see, there’s 57 states “, thats funny. Did you ever see that reported on any mainstream news station or in any liberal newspaper ? I doubt it. So, do you really want a president who doesn’t know how states there are? See my point, and how stupid your’s was about Palin’s. If need be, which I truly doubt will happen, were she to be president, “would I feel safe”? Absolutly!!! The right people would be in the right jobs, picked by McCain, and she is smart enough to confide in them and to follow there advise when it’s needed. Thats what all presdents do anyway, they rely on there advisers and come to a resolution or decision, and then make the announcement to the people.

    You and anyone who feels the way you do are totally being snowed. If he wins, you all will be sorry after a very short time. You can take that to the bank……..

  • Scott

    First let me say I for one believe that Sarah Palin could do a better job running this country then McCain, Obama or Biden.

    I’m not sure that quote shows a misunderstanding of the first amendment. Seems to me like what she’s saying in this quote is that the media is putting huge pressure on candidates not to go negative and that she’s concerned it’s having an effect on the candidates feeling free to tell it like it is about their opponents.

    Not to mention candidates make gaffes quite often on the campaign trail. So this quote certainly doesn’t prove that Sarah Palin is stupid or incompetent.

    Here are a couple videos for your viewing pleasure that illustrate this point.

    Obama: What’s it going to cost again?

    Obama: 57 states:

    Biden “Gaffe Machine”:

  • GBM

    There’s a difference between a Gaffe and not knowing.

  • KC

    With all do respect to GJM sounds like are you speaking from experience after the last eight years? “You and anyone who feels the way you do are totally being snowed. If he wins, you all will be sorry after a very short time. You can take that to the bank…….”

  • GJM


    Lol, that’s good except you need to find your own slam phrase. Really
    KC, we could argue our points until we were blue in the face, and nothing would change about our opinions. We’ll just have to wait and see. Problem is, which ever one wins, the other one can say, see, i told
    Oh, and just for the record, remember, John McCain isn’t George Bush. We’ve already been there…….

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