Wednesday, August 19, 2009

That pesky First Amendment...

I was reading this article this morning and almost fell out of my chair when I saw this quote:

[Rep. Barney Frank] continued by saying [the protestor's] ability to deface an image of the president and express her views "is a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated."

And then he compared arguing to the protestor to arguing with a dining room table. And no, I'm not joking.

A few thoughts:

First of all, I hate it when the Bill of Rights gets in the way of criticizing the government.*

Second, where was this guy when the media attacked Bush -- they did everything short of claiming that he ate two babies for breakfast every day, and I didn't hear this guy raise his voice about "this kind of vile contemptible nonsense" being "so freely propagated" when the Bush-bashing was going on.

Later on, the article commented that Barney had been asked how Congress is planning to pay for their reforms, incluing Obamacare, without raising the federal defecit. If people asked me questions that have no answer (or at least, none that any of the Dems will admit) I suppose that I would be cranky too.

Oh, well. On the bright side, it made him seem even more like a facist, and I never tire of seeing Democrats from Massachusetts get some bad publicity.

*yes, that was sarcasm.


Christine said...

Another case for Term Limits. We need to get rid of those arrogant, eletist lifetime legislators.

Watch Dog said...

Unfortunately, the Rascals that need to be term limited also happen to be the only one's that can initiate an amendment to set term limits.

It won't matter any way, I fully expect Obama and company to pull a Hugo Chavez takeover.

Legal Beagle said...

Where does this idea of a First Amendment come from?

Prior to Jan 20, 2009, there was a document called the U.S. Constuitution that had some things that were called Amendments, but that Document is dead. It was tossed onto the trash heap of history like an old worn out shoe.