Is Palin This Clueless About First Amendment Rights?
I’m sorry folks, but the following argument is RIDICULOUS and I can’t believe it’s coming out of the mouth of somebody so close to the presidency…much less the Governor of one of our states.
Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obamaâ€™s associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidateâ€™s free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.
â€œIf [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,â€ Palin told host Chris Plante, â€œthen I donâ€™t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.â€
Does she not get that the 1st Amendment isn’t designed to keep people from getting verbally attacked? In fact, it’s designed to do just the opposite, except that all speech is obviously subject to slander, libel and incitement laws. In other words you can’t print or say false things about somebody or attempt to incite violence or mayhem through your speech. But apart from that, it’s all free.
And the additional idea that she would attempt to convince base Republicans that criticism of her attacks is somehow infringing upon her 1st Amendment rights? That’s is absolutely shameful.
I hope this woman disappears back to Alaska and is completely forgotten. She is such a joke.