Duck Dynasty, Freedom of Speech, and 45 Words That Every Politician Should Read

Attention Prospective Presidential Candidates:  The First Amendment is only 45 words, please read it before making absurd comments defending an obnoxious, racist, bigot who deserves to be fired…

Yes, we are talking to you Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal

If you want to be President of this great nation, you should probably know the Bill of Rights backward and forward.  It is only 462 words, it will only take a few minutes to read.  However, even if you were exhausted by the big words, and the ramblings of people who sacrificed everything they had for this country, I assume you could at least get through the First Amendment before quitting your attempt at reading one of the most important documents ever written…

Well, you know what they say about those people who assume…

Here is the entire First Amendment, please take a moment to read along:

“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”

Notice how it does not say that you can be an obnoxious, racist, bigot and you are protected from being punished at work.  That is because the First Amendment stops Congress from making laws that restrict free speech, it does not give you the right to say whatever you want, whenever you want, with absolutely no consequences.  Could you imagine what type of service you would get at McDonalds if the cashier was allowed to be as rude as they wanted, because they knew that their first amendment rights would prevent them from being fired?

Phil Robertson made a stupid mistake.  No matter what job you have, but especially if you have a television show, it is probably not wise to say the things that he did about Homosexuals (roughly 4% of the population), Black People (roughly 13% of the population), and Divorced People (roughly 25% of the adult population).  The odds are that some of those people watch his show, and the odds are even higher that some of those people watch other shows on A&E.

Phil Robertson is lucky that they did not fire him.  He will be lucky if this does not turn into a Mel Gibson moment.  But most of all, he is lucky to have three uneducated Presidential Hopefuls talking about how his Freedom of Speech has been violated!

To go on National Television and blatantly mislead the public on what Freedom of Speech means is a pretty big mistake for someone who wants to become President.  To do so while defending someone who made the comments Phil Robertson did is abhorrent.

Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal owe an apology to A&E for their false allegations of Constitutional misconduct.

They owe an apology to the American people.

But most of all, they owe an apology to the 25,000 American Revolutionaries who died during the Revolutionary War that gave them the very rights that they are now misquoting in an effort to position themselves as the next President of a Nation who definitely deserves a better effort than what they are currently offering…

English: Governor Bobby Jindal at the Republic...

English: Governor Bobby Jindal at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

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