I know that people around the country have been shocked and offended by Congressman Grayson’s comments of late, and I am including myself in that group. But that’s okay, because I kind of admire him. Why? Well I’m glad you asked….because he’s got his First Amendment and he’s not afraid to use it.
You have a right in our great country to be as offensive as you want. How do I know? Well, because the First Amendment says: 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 to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
See, it doesn’t say to “protect only that speech with which Congress shall agree”. Congressman Grayson has a right to be offensive. And the people of the 8th Congressional District of the Great State of Florida have the right to be offended and to show their displeasure by voting his butt right out of office…or not.
You don’t have the right to never be offended by the things people say. The Constitution says that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn’t say that you have the right to BE happy, only that you get to take a shot at it, and as many shots as you like. It also doesn’t say that you get to have your every life choice accepted, tolerated, or approved by everyone you meet. Our constitution, whether you want to believe it or not, whether you like it or not, gives us the right to hate. We have a right to our thoughts and to our speech and we can hate whomever we like for whatever stupid reason we want. (I personally think that it takes a lot of effort and work to hate someone, so if you’re going to do it, it should be for a good reason…like the rape-rape of a 13 year old child, and not the color of someone’s skin or their political viewpoint…but I digress.) The 14th Amendment guarantees us equal protection under the law, equal protection, not special protection, which is why I think Hate Crime legislation is unconstitutional. (but I’m just a white chick from Georgia, not a former constitutional law professor who
took credit for writing wrote two nauseatingly self serving books about myself, so what do I know?)
My point to all of this is that the Liberal Left walks around with the First Amendment tattooed to their foreheads. They say what they think, what they REALLY think and offer no apologies for it. Which they shouldn’t, if you’re being honest in your speech, I say go for it. The Right has yet to grasp that concept. If they say something that could be construed by ANYONE as offensive, they’re out in front of a camera apologizing, or supplicating themselves at the feet of Rev. Al. Congressman Grayson on the other hand, when asked to apologize for the “Republicans want you to die quickly” comment, went to the floor of the House and apologized to the “families of the dead” because they had been unable to pass
Healthcare Health Insurance Reform legislation. I thought it was great, laughed myself into a coughing fit.
The politicians on the Right need to get out there, say what they think and then stand by it. Americans admire that kind of bravery even if we don’t necessarily agree with the point that is being made. So get out there, make your voice heard and don’t back down…show Congressman Grayson, and Speaker Pelosi, and President Obama that they are great teachers and we have learned our lesson!!!