Discussion in 'Politics' started by Quantum Windbag, Dec 19, 2012.
Said much better than I would.
It's Time For A Conversation About The First Amendment | Popehat
First Amendment purist here. And I like it just the way it is. As I've droned on and on about before -- but what the hell, I'll do it again -- I want to know who the crazies are, where they are, what they are thinking, and who agrees with them. The First Amendment provides all that information for me, daily, loud and clear.
But to address the piece directly, I've highlighted the key word, above. I think that virtually all of our problems can be traced to a culture that's in decay, and this is an example. The culture of the media, not to mention our society in general, needs to be engaged, changed and improved. That's a massively heavier lift than just making or changing laws -- which is nothing more than a band-aid -- but it would be organic and real.
How does that happen? Slowly but surely, one at a time, people have to be brave and principled enough to start saying, "no, I'm not going to do that", or "we're no longer going to practice that kind of journalism in this newsroom", and they have to be pointed out and celebrated loudly, nationally. That's how it starts, anyway.
We need to change the culture, across the board, before it's too late, in many areas. Band-aids will not be enough.
Long live the First Amendment.
So called "Freedom of Speech" was instituted by our founding fathers to protect the average citizens right to criticise the government, both in public and private, without fear of prosecution or imprisonment.
But the courts over the years morphed it into all forms of speech; including hate speech and all forms of pornography.
Until we stop this insanity, and bring free speech back to the original intent of the founding fathers.
Our nation will continue to spiral downward into the abyss of decadence and unfettered immorality.
You speak of decadence and unfettered immorality as if they're bad things.
It's time to repeal the whole Bill of Rights. That's what liberals really mean.
I favor repealing the Bill of Rights for conservatives and republicans. The forefathers intended that the Bill of Rights apply only to humans.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Frankly, I don't see that restriction on the first amendment.
Strangely enough, a lot of people that feel that way about the 1st think the 2nd is in need of serious revision.
lol, free speech means only what you want to allow? Interesting....
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