Adrienne BoettingerFriday,11 January 2013

The Snap:

The U.S. Founding Fathers have got a lot of explaining to do, particularly that pain-in-the-ass James Madison. After nearly 230 years, we’re still fighting over what the hell they actually meant. Plus, standing up for that First Amendment means I have to put up with a lot of annoying assclowns that make me want to run for the hills avoiding people, news and the Internet entirely. And don’t even get me started on the Second Amendment…

The Download:

While reading about Sandy Hook truthers who believe the school shooting was a hoax designed by the liberal media to diminish precious Second Amendment rights, I realized that America can be tough to take. You gotta love it to uphold in the ideals enshrined in the Bill of Rights because people believe some really horrible crap. You don’t have to listen to them but you gotta let them talk, write, and make insane videos about it or the freedoms of speech, press, assembly and religion mean nothing.

I come from a large family of historically proud Democrats but at some point the balance shifted to where conservatives outnumber liberals. Celebrating his freedom of expression, one of my brothers has had his flag at half-mast since the reelection of President Obama. I am appalled. I’ve tried to talk with him about the fact that he is violating the Flag Code and tarnishing the symbolic value of the honor of what it means to lower the flag, but my words fall on deaf ears. Here’s the thing: even though it irritates the bejeezus out of me, he has the right to do it.

Although a big problem is the major vagueness of the first Ten Amendments, another one is that the framers weren’t psychics. They couldn’t predict the future and had no idea how people would interpret these most sacred of American ideals. They hadn’t heard about the AR-15 and didn’t know that anti-gay groups would use the funerals of veterans and children alike to spew hate-filled freedoms of expression, or maybe they’d have been more specific.

Congress apparently decided it was okay to limit the First Amendment to deal with protests at funerals but seems hell-bent against even discussing interpretation of the Second Amendment, lest they run afoul of the absurdly powerful NRA.  Maybe it’s about time we paid attention to the Ninth Amendment—The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people—and more than just the last 14 words of the Second Amendment rather than deciding we’re okay with consistently denying our fellow Americans the inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Maybe we could even realize that just because we have the right to do something like desecrate a flag or protest at a funeral, that doesn’t mean we should do it.

For giggles, enjoy this insane example of freedom of expression ranting about the Second Amendment.

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