Category: Islamic Issues

What’s so hard about the First Amendment?

I would have thought that the most understood and accepted amendment to the Constitution would be the First Amendment. After all, how hard is it to grasp what freedom of speech means? Put simply, it means you can express yourself and your point of view without being silenced by someone else. Seems simple, right? Well, apparently the folks over at IO9 have only the most strained grasp of what our natural right to freedom of speech is all about.

The first thing we need to understand about freedom of speech, as it was laid out by our founding fathers, is that it is implicitly designed to cover the speech we hate the most. If it wasn’t there would be no reason to acknowledge it in an amendment. Those words should remind us that there is no need to protect a right that we can all agree with – so the intent was to cover ALL speech – particularly the speech we despise.

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Ann Barnhardt schools Lindsey Graham on free speech.

Lindsey Graham needs a refresher on the concept of free speech. At least, Ann Barnhardt is pretty sure he does!  Frankly, I have to agree with her on that point.

While Ann wants to stand “four square” with the Koran burners, I prefer to offer my support in the form of the phrase  “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” I believe burning a Koran to be stupid and a very poor way to make a point, but I support someones right to do so. It does not break my leg, or pick my pocket.

Take the 9 minutes and 36 seconds to listen to Ann’s examination of Lindsey Grahams less than knowledgable grasp on our First Amendment to the Constitution.

Senator Lindsey Graham, R - South Carolina. Our very first "Asshat Of The Week!"

Lindsey could stand to learn a few things from Ann. Perhaps his first step should be to pick up the cliff notes on that document he swore to protect and uphold… The United States Constitution.

Before you start singing Anns’ praises, you might want to check out the rest of her videos.

I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce a weekly effort here at The Unforgotten American! That is the Asshat Of The Week!  Each week we will award to some lucky person this prestigious distinction. This weeks winner of course, Lindsey Graham!

Interesting to note here that in coming up with our first winner of the Asshat Of The Week award, I very nearly awarded it to Ann for a completely different set of reasons! Bu then, there is always next week!

“Happy Clappy” Democracy for Egypt?

An AMAZING exchange on MSNBC. Just play the video. This is a perfect punctuation piece to our last story on Egypt and Democracy. The commentary here from Harvards Niall Furguson lays it all out plainly and completely. It seems to leave the Morning Joe crew a but speechless.

For those who are unaware, Niall Furguson is on the list of the worlds most respected historians. If you would like to explore some of his work, you can find it on Amazon here.