Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The New First Amendment

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Since when is "freedom of expression" not a part of the First Amendment? It disgusts me that people are no longer able to express themselves in a public arena. I've heard stories before of people being ejected from various speeches and appearances of President Bush but I don't know that anyone kicked out has ever been as high profile as the two women mentioned in the above story. I wonder how much it's going to take, how many of our freedoms are going to be trampled on, before we stop being "angry" and actually start taking some action? Apathy is a dangerous thing.


Anonymous said...

Best part of the article is how apologetic it is to the administration.

It opens by emphasizing that she wasnt the only one removed. It talks about the actual protest last. And it finishes by calling one of Bush's frequent hiding spells a "working vacation"

The idea that news has to be "balanced" even when there arent two sides bothers me.


SerenitySprings said...

I didn't really get the "apologetic" vibe but I know what you mean about it being "fair and balanced." Was this written by FOX News??

Dave-o-ramA said...

The same thing happened during the Clinton impeachment hearings. And actually, it wasn't the administration that did it, but congress. Doesn't make it constitutional, but it's not Bush's fault.

But it's nice to blaim the MSM for failing to bring enough hate to Bush.

It's possible that she knew about this in advance, and did this for the publicity. I mean, the t-shirt was certainly for the publicity, but whether she knew she'd get nabbed by the jack-booted ones is an interesting question.

Anonymous said...

Didn't the article say that she was given the ticket while attending some other rally in DC that day? So it's also possible that she was simply wearing what she had on for the other rally.

Dave-o-ramA said...

I didn't see that in any of the articles I'd read, but it's possible. Ultimately it doesn't matter. I can understand that they don't want people disrupting the SOTU (it is, after all, a constitutional requirement - "He shall, from time to time, etc") but it's bogus to just kick people out for wearing tshirts.

Karl Gallagher said...

Eh, you go into Congress's building, you live by Congress's dress code. Free speech is protected, sitting in on a speech is a privilege. She could go join the protestors on the street.

SerenitySprings said...

Karl, I see your point but I still think that it's a sad state of affairs when people can't peaceably protest in their own way. Whether it be showing support or offering some symbol of dissatisfaction regarding some issue, as long as it's peaceful and not disruptive it should be allowed. Constitutionally it's a guaranteed right and by kicking both of those women out of the SOTU that right was denied them. Along with having their right to freedom of expression taken away. Congress's building or not, they shouldn't have been removed from the speech.