Apparently, the switchboards and servers at NPR have crashed because of the vitriol directed at them by the ignorant who are exercised about the firing of Juan Williams. Although the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, it does not guarantee employment after the free exercise thereof. I’m so tired of right-wingers who don’t get the distinction. As they were so fond of reminding us during the invasion of Iraq, “freedom isn’t free!”
Dumba$$es. Here is the full text of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “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.” Please note that there is no guarantee of employment in this amendment, at NPR or anywhere else.
This reminds me of a letter to the editor of the Dayton Daily News from the previous decade, in which a reader complained about how liberals thought it was A-OK to burn the U.S. flag but were all upset over a local incident in which someone had stolen and torched a neighbor’s rainbow (gay rights) flag. This reader thought that he had caught the liberals in a ridiculous contradiction in their beliefs! Because apparently, he didn’t understand the difference between burning one’s lawfully purchased flag (of whatever description) and the criminal act of stealing someone else’s flag (of whatever description) and burning it.
And, FWIW, I don’t care about Juan Williams. I’m sure he’ll do just fine at Faux News. I care about the U.S. Constitution and stamping out widespread ignorance of what the Bill of Rights does and does not guarantee.
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