ABOUT THE GOOD OLD FIRST AMENDMENT – Marilyn Armstrong

1st amendment cartoonThe first amendment says you can say, write, or publish whatever you want without fear of being arrested, shot, imprisoned, or otherwise legally penalized. On television, the internet, as film or in print. From your mouth or on your blog, even if what you are saying is incredibly stupid, baseless, and factually incorrect. Even if it offends everyone who reads or hears it. As an American, being a loudmouthed jerk is constitutionally protected.

However. The first amendment does not say you are required to utter, write, film, broadcast, or publish whatever idiocy crosses your mind. Just because you can, does not mean you should. The Constitution protects your right to be a moron. It does not mandate you actually behave like one.

Those are your rights. My rights include the right to ignore you.

A right is no substitute for intelligence. It’s healthy to think. It’s good to read a book, check your sources, find out what’s really the right thing. Your opinion is not as good as everyone else’s, not if it’s based on hatred, ugliness, nonsense, and fake facts.

It’s perfectly okay to believe in the truth, to support provable facts, and live in the same reality as the rest of the world. Believing whatever you “feel” is “right” is crap.

Give reality a chance. Try reading a book, something your president hasn’t ever done.

Try thinking.

Our nation will be grateful to you. I personally will be grateful.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

13 thoughts on “ABOUT THE GOOD OLD FIRST AMENDMENT – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. The First Amendment protects us from the government. It doesn’t mean that a publisher is obligated to provide a platform for every pile of gibberish. Otherwise, we’d all have a case to sue because of our rejection slips.

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  2. I just want to point out that I’ve read a lot of books — fiction and non-fiction — and there are quite a few that are basically garbage parading as facts. And our glorious leader has in fact authored quite a few. I guess what I’m saying is the printed word isn’t necessarily better than what one finds on the internet. There are, and always have been, some fairly awful books out there.

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    1. True and many books in the past were also rubbish. Research is more than looking things up in a book. You have to look in more than a book and sometimes, you need to find your way to original sources.

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  3. Yes! Facts are still facts. You are allowed to believe that gravity doesn’t exist. Nonetheless if you jump off a ten story building you will accelerate at 32 feet per second per second and will go splat when you hit the ground.

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    1. As I said, research is more than just looking stuff up in books. You have to know that the book in which you are looking isn’t utter rubbish TOO. History is particularly bad that way. So much of what you read really IS nonsense. And a lot of it you will never know for sure.

      BUT. You will nonetheless accelerate at that rate — AND trade wars WILL backfire. Bad will come out badly. Quickly, or slowly.

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