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Phil Robertson And The First Amendment.

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Welcome to the latest installment of What Does The First Amendment Really Mean? Recently, Phil Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty gave an interview in GQ Magazine. In that interview, he made derogatory remarks involving not only the LGBT community, but African Americans as well. He likened homosexuality to bestiality, and claimed that blacks in Louisiana were much happier during the days of Jim Crow.  Naturally, there was an outpouring of outrage, and A&E Network responded by suspending Robertson indefinitely. Of course, the bible thumping Tea Partiers, lead by Sarah Palin (Why is she still relevant?) came to his defense, claiming his First Amendment rights were violated.  I say this with all due respect Mrs. Palin, but you and your ilk are full of hypocritical bullshit.

First of all, Robertson’s rights were not violated. Yes he has a right to his opinion, no matter how bigoted or idiotic it is. He can freely state his hillbilly bible thumping bullshit, without any reprisal from our government. However, his employer has every right to fire or suspend  him for making such statements. For example, I can freely say that in my opinion, Phil Robertson is a prejudiced hateful moron, who deserves to be hog tied,and have a giant rainbow colored duck call shoved up his ass. I can opine this without worrying about any consequences from the government. However, if my employer was to read this post and disagree, they can fire me without reprisal. There would be nothing I can do about that. I can also freely state in my opinion, that I think Sarah Palin is an uneducated coat tail riding twat, and that I wish she was eaten by the very wolves that she enjoys shooting at from a helicopter. Fired by my employer? Yes. Arrested or censored by the authorities? No. This is how the First Amendment works folks. You don’t hear Martin Bashir bitching about his First Amendment rights do you?

Nobody is questioning his right to make racist and homophobic opinions. Has he been arrested for them? He has his right to his opinion. We also have the right to be offended by such comments and speak out against them. We  have the right to reach out to his employer and complain about his conduct. The Tea Party went after Martin Bashir for his inflammatory comments about Sarah Palin, and as a result he was fired by MSNBC. Now that the situation is reversed with one of their own, they’re crying like a bunch of butt hurt little children about his First Amendment rights. You can’t have it both ways.

 

In my opinion, the ass hats of the Tea Party, along with their minion Sarah Palin, need to take a civics class or two. Maybe then they would finally shut their fucking mouths about the First Amendment already. Hell, they need to have the entire Constitution taught to them. That is, of course, once they get through a remedial hooked on phonics class.

I’m not holding my breath though.

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  1. December 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    What a world we live in.
    Now the Robertson clan is playing “Who’ll Blink First?” with A&E.
    I wonder how that will turn out…. KIDDING!
    A&E will give into the power of the All-Mighty Dollar, no doubt.

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  2. Sedate Me
    February 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Free Speech? Wat dat?

    In an era where everything you do, say, write & think (think monitoring technology pending) is tracked & stored for forever by:

    – countless government agencies eager to put you on a Watch List in order to justify their ludicrous budgets.
    – countless private companies data mining you in order to find your weak spots so they can manipulate you into buying their useless shit.
    – individuals looking to settle a score, or steal from you.

    Is it really even possible to speak freely in ANY context anymore???

    I agree with your comment except for one part, the ability for management to fire employees based upon their free time speech. Employers have too much control over their employees already. They make them act like happy robots for Minimum Wage. They spy on them with cameras. They make them piss in cups. Now they want to control what they can say outside of work? It leaves me with an aftertaste of slavery.

    But there’s no question about this Duck-fucker. He shot his ignorant mouth off to a magazine reporter in a work related interview. This wasn’t a private conversation (R.I.P.) after a night of bong related activity. He wouldn’t have done it without thinking his opinions would have resonance with his target demographic. While he may have overdone it, I doubt this wasn’t intentional.

    We may be dealing with inbred morons here, but everyone forgets that they are Reality TV stars out to make money by being outrageously stupid. This is what people like them do for a living. This is what they’re on the ironically named Arts & Entertainment Channel for.

    If the success of Fox Noise has taught us anything, or if the continuing elect-ability of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has taught us anything, it’s that it’s all about giving your target demographic what they want. Racism, homophobia, criminal behaviour, you name it. As long as you keep the base happy and/or entertained, all is good. I expect that the base will rise to defend them and The Duck Fuckers will live on, perhaps even with higher ratings.

    Huzzah, for the almighty ignorance feedback loop! It just can’t be defeated!

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    • February 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      “I agree with your comment except for one part, the ability for management to fire employees based upon their free time speech. Employers have too much control over their employees already. They make them act like happy robots for Minimum Wage. They spy on them with cameras. They make them piss in cups. Now they want to control what they can say outside of work? It leaves me with an aftertaste of slavery.”

      Believe me, I don’t like this either. But the harsh reality is that our employers have the power to monitor what we say and do, and dole out consequences as they see fit. I ain’t saying I like it, I’m just saying that they can. The GOP seems to think that such employer control is all fine and dandy; until an employer pushes back on one of their own for their comments and actions. They can’t have it both ways. That was one of the points I was making.

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