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.
It’s Friday, and time to post this week’s winning topic for Pick Your Topic Tuesday. My thanks go out to Mac at Talk and Politics for his winning suggestion of “my favorite historical event.” Mac is doing a great job with his blog, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. He has a great blend of current and past events that he discusses, and each new post is a unique treat to read.
As far as my favorite historical event, well there are too many for me to pick just one. However, as many of you may know, I am a very strong human rights advocate, as well as an outspoken feminist. With that in mind, I thought I would talk about the First Women’s Rights Convention of Seneca Falls in 1848. The convention was put together by suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, and would become the hallmark of how powerful a united movement can become. Without further adieu, I give you
The First Women’s Convention of Seneca Falls.
While conservative women in power such as Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann refuse to acknowledge the rewards of the ongoing Feminist movement, it is unmistakably clear that their entire political careers are the direct result of Feminist pioneers such as Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. While early feminists such as Abigail Adams spoke of equality, it was the women of the 19th century who set the wheels in motion. Palin and Bachmann may be prominent participants in the 2012 Republican Convention, but it was the Seneca Falls First Women’s Convention of 1848 that laid the groundwork of equality for women.
In 1840, Abolitionists Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton met while attending the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London England. They became furious when they learned that women were not allowed in the main seating area of the convention, and were relegated to sitting behind a partition in the balcony. Mott and Stanton, as well as many other women in the abolition movement were angered by the fact that the fight for freedom did not include fighting for women’s rights. Eight years later, in July of 1848, while visiting her sister Martha Wright in Waterloo New York, Lucretia Mott would meet with Stanton, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt. It was during this meeting that the idea for a convention which would serve to, in Stanton’s words “Discuss the social, civil, and religious condition of rights and women.”
Convening on July 18th and 19th of 1848 in Seneca Falls, 300 people including 40 men attended the convention. While the 6 sessions of the convention featured discussions on law and the role of women in society, the hallmark of the convention was the Declaration of Sentiments, which was penned by Stanton and fashioned after the Declaration of Independence. In this declaration, Stanton stated that” All men and women had been created equal.” The declaration would list the 18 “Injuries and Usurpations on the part of men toward women,” as well as draft 11 resolutions arguing that women had the right of equality on all levels. The most controversial of the resolutions would be the ninth, which called for the women’s right to vote.
The ninth resolution may have been controversial to the delegates at the convention, but it was also the most important to Stanton. In spite of the insistence of Lucretia Mott, Stanton stuck to her guns and left the resolution in the document for vote. Although the resolution was voted down at first, an impassioned speech by none other than Fredrick Douglass on the second day convinced the delegation to allow the resolution to remain in the 11 resolutions that Stanton had drafted. At the end of the convention, 100 people including 38 men signed off on the Declaration of Sentiments, which became the centerpiece of the women’s movement during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Although the convention and resulting declaration was met with ridicule in the press, the groundwork of suffrage was firmly laid. In 1851, Elizabeth Stanton would meet Susan B. Anthony, and together they would become a formidable team fighting for the right to vote, as well as other aspects of equality for women. Unfortunately, neither one would live to see the 19th constitutional amendment pass which granted women the right to vote in 1920. In fact, Charlotte Woodward, a young woman who worked in a glove factory was the only female delegate to the Seneca Falls Convention who lived long enough to place her vote in the 1920 election.
While I was reading up on the Seneca Falls Women’s Convention, I came across an interesting nugget: On June 2nd of 1848 Gerrit Smith was nominated as the Liberty Party Presidential Candidate. One of the main planks of his platform called for the women’s right to vote. During the convention, Lucretia Mott received 5 votes from the delegation to run as Smith’s Vice President. This would be the first time in American politics that a woman’s name would be mentioned for a Federal executive office position.
The First Women’s Convention of Seneca Falls was an historic event that should not be overlooked for its significance. The convention would become the foundation on which the house of suffrage and women’s equality would be built upon. The convention should also serve as a reminder that the fight for equality can be long, slow, and forever ongoing. Although there are women in positions of power in every walk of life, they are still not treated as equals. Women are still underpaid and undervalued in the work place. A majority of men still feel that a woman’s place is in the home. The grip of patriarchy may not have the choke hold it once did, but it still has a fairly strong grip on society. We simply must not allow the Sarah Palins and Michele Bachmanns of the world continue to mock feminism. After all, if it were not for courageous women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott who literally put the convention together at the last minute, the women of today may still be shackled in the chains of patriarchy, with men as their masters.
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- Declaration of Sentiments of the Seneca Falls Convention – 1848 (women suffrage) primary source document w/ reading questions (historymartinez.wordpress.com)
- Are Women Equal? (lifeexaminations.wordpress.com)
- American History Research Questions (andrewbwatt.wordpress.com)
A new poll shows that independent voters prefer Charlie Sheen to Sarah Palin for president of the United States. That might sound like an absurd matchup, but what if it actually happened? Meghan McCain on the historical campaign that could be.
The setting is the 2012 presidential debates. Following one of the biggest upsets in American political history, actor Charlie Sheen has secured the Democratic nomination for president over Barack Obama. His sold-out “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour played to full houses in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina—and he swept all those caucuses and primaries. The pundits call his campaign platform (WINNING!) a stroke of political genius.
On the flip side, after a long and brutal primary season, Sarah Palin narrowly beat out reality-TV star Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. In a surprising act of grace, she offered Trump the job of her running mate. If elected, in addition to governing the country, the duo will also appear on a crossover edition of The Apprentice: Alaska. The following scene is the opening debates between the two candidates with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow moderating:
Rachel Maddow: Good evening ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our two candidates to the stage. Both of you are known for quitting your jobs abruptly. Why should the American people trust you with the presidency?
Sarah Palin: Good evening, Rachel. I did not quit being governor, but decided to leave given that I did not want to be a lame duck. I instead went on to make a large amount of money touring the country and giving speeches, and of course starring in my hit TV show Sarah Palin’s Alaska. All of this really served my country in a different way, so in essence I wasn’t quitting. I was doing my part to make America better.
Charlie Sheen: I didn’t quit anything, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. I elected to win. And if elected president that is what I will continue to do. Winning is my life, Rachel. WINNING! WINNING! [He takes a drag from his cigarette and winks at Maddow in a suggestive way.]
If elected president, Charlie Sheen would throw hot tub parties for all the world’s leaders.
Rachel: Very… um… interesting answers. Let’s move on. How do you both feel concerning gay marriage and gay rights? It’s a polarizing issue in America, even with the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Charlie: Rachel, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has always been one of my favorite mottos.
Sarah: I do not agree with my opponent on this issue. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. And if two men lived with each other and had a child—
Charlie: It would be just like my hit TV series. I got so much cash from that show, it funded my entire campaign and I’m giving tax cuts to everyone. But back to your question, Rachel, as many of you remember, I shared a passionate kiss with Jimmy Kimmel. What soft lips! They almost reminded me of my 278th girlfriend—back in junior high school. In conclusion, I support gay marriage and wouldn’t be closed off to considering it in my own life at some point in the future. Gay marriage is winning.
Rachel: Who would both of you consider your personal political heroes?
Charlie: Winning. Hugh Hefner. My father Martin Sheen when he played President Bartlet, which is almost as good as being the real president. And obviously my goddesses.
Sarah: My personal heroes are Jesus Christ, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Abraham Lincoln.
Rachel: Sarah, this question is for you. How do you respond to critics who say you are too polarizing for the Republican Party and you could possibly be forfeiting the presidency to actor Charlie Sheen? Political blogger and your former running mate’s daughter Meghan McCain has been one of your most vocal critics.
Sarah: Meghan McCain is nothing more than an irrelevant RINO blogger, everybody knows that.
Charlie: [Takes a long drag from his cigarette.] I invited Meghan on my private campaign bus but she wouldn’t come. Do you think Bristol would be down to hang?
Sarah: Not unless you want to deal with this hockey mom.
Rachel: OK let’s focus. Back to the real issues. What will you both do to combat the growing threat of terrorism?
Charlie: 9/11 was a conspiracy. Everyone knows that. What a dumb question, Rachel. I made a video about it. When elected president I will continue to expose this truth! Winning is exposing the 9/11 conspiracy theory!
Rachel: Well, I guess we are changing subjects yet again. Now for a viewer’s question. This one comes from Los Angeles. “What the hell is tiger’s blood? And is it better than moose chili?”
Charlie: If elected, I will pump this economy so full of tiger’s blood, we’ll all be the eye of the tiger! This is what America needs to boost the economy.
Sarah: I’m proud to say that in Alaska, we don’t consume warlock drinks.
Charlie: She’s no goddess.
Rachel: What do you love most about America?
Charlie: Everything but Chuck Lorre.
Sarah: Freedom and Ronald Reagan and freedom.
Rachel: Unfortunately, it seems that time is up. You each have one last closing statement to make.
Charlie: Dear America, in the last two years, I’ve taken over the world. So you might as well give me the White House so that I could throw hot tub parties for all the world leaders. I will also restore America’s economy, get us out Afghanistan with an effective exit strategy all the while restoring peace in the Middle East and bring the same kind of happiness in your lives that you experienced while watching Two and a Half Men. There really isn’t any other logical choice. Winning America. Winning.
Sarah: As I have stated, in the last election things would have turned out much differently had I been on the top of the ticket instead of Senator McCain. I would have won the last election if I were the nominee and I am going to win in this one. Not only am I the only logical choice, but I am the only real God-fearing, gun-loving American standing on this stage. Finally, keep in mind, I’m not just the Republican nominee for president, but also a reality-TV star, and in America you aren’t anyone until you have your own show from Mark Burnett. God bless America.
Rachel: And with that, one of these two people will become your next president. It’s up to you to decide. And honey, if you’re watching at home—I hope you have the bags packed, because we’re moving to Canada.
Meghan McCain is a columnist for The Daily Beast. Originally from Phoenix, she graduated from Columbia University in 2007. She is a New York Times bestselling children’s author, previously wrote for Newsweek magazine, and created the Web site mccainblogette.com. Her most recent book, Dirty Sexy Politics, was published in August.
- Decision 2012: Charlie Sheen vs. Sarah Palin (thedailybeast.com)
- “Independents Think Charlie Sheen Would Be a Better President Than Sarah Palin” and related posts (blogs.villagevoice.com)
- POLL: Charlie Sheen “Winning” head to head against Palin, Obama (ironmill.wordpress.com)
- 2012 Horror: Charlie Sheen ‘Winning’ Against Sarah Palin Among Independents In Presidential Poll (mediaite.com)
The bill SB5 passed in Ohio by a 17-16 vote yesterday, and all I can think is fuck you Republicans. Fuck you for going against popular opinion. Fuck you for trying to sneak in wording that would eliminate benefits for same sex partners on this bill. Fuck you for trying to make this about the budget, instead of your own nefarious agendas to accumulate more wealth and power. Fuck you for not caring about the poor and middle class, the backbone of this country. Fuck you for not giving a shit about women, and trying to control their bodies. Fuck you for claiming that abortion is murder, yet secretly cheer when another abortion doctor is killed. Fuck you for demanding that every child be born regardless of the price the mother may have to pay, and then ignore the child when it’s born.
Fuck you for not allowing same sex partners all the rights and privilege that heterosexual couples enjoy on a federal level. Fuck you for attempting to eliminate Planned Parenthood, Wic, the EPA, and other vital agencies while giving yet more tax breaks to billion dollar corporations. Fuck you for taking up permanent residence in the Koch Brothers back pockets. Fuck you for inflicting Nixon, Reagan, and Bush upon us. Fuck you for bitching about high taxes, huge government, and an unmanageable national debt, than turning around and raising all three. Fuck you for claiming it’s about jobs, then ignoring the unemployed when you’re elected. Fuck you for doing everything you can to make our country a fascist, one party nation. Fuck you for the lies that you spread about Barack Obama. Fuck you for giving birth to the Tea Party. Fuck you for enabling Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. Fuck you for Faux News. Fuck you for not putting a muzzle on Fred Phelps and the other crazy fuckers who preach hate and intolerance. Fuck you for Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, John Kasich, etc, etc, etc. Fuck you John Boehner for being the uncaring prick that you are. Fuck you for every other transgression that I left out. Fuck you, Fuck you, and Fuck you.
I’m sorry that this post isn’t as eloquent as what you’re used to. It’s hard to be a wordsmith when all I feel right now is rage.
- What The Fuck?, by Michael Davis – Straight, No Chaser #202 (mdwp.malibulist.com)
- Ohio: SB 5 Includes Anti-Gay Marriage Language (news.firedoglake.com)
- SB 5 Passes in Ohio After Republicans Reconfigure Committees (news.firedoglake.com)
As the few readers of this blog may know something that I hate more than fanatical christian conservatives and greedy fat cat republicans is violence in any way, shape, or form. Among all the peaceful, heroic protesting in Wisconsin comes some deeply disturbing news: Democratic state Rep. Gordon Hintz egregiously threatened Republican colleague Michelle Litjens after the budget vote by telling her “You are fucking dead.” I have issues with this on many levels.
I detest violence; to wage an assault on anyone either verbally or physically is abhorrent behavior, and should not be tolerated. Hintz’ words are as reprehensible as the right to lifer’s words and actions against abortion doctors or their patients. His words are as culpable as Sarah Palin’s posting of gun sights on the districts of Democratic lawmakers across the country. While his words are not on the level as crazed political Jared Loughner, who was responsible for the January shootings in Tucson, they are every bit as disturbing to me. To me, his threats are as violent as the hate rhetoric that froths from the mouths of tea party terrorists, who bring threats to our president along with their automatic weapons to political rallies. His words are as detestable as those that come from fringe groups, who threaten the safety of people based on their skin color, political and religious ideology, gender, and sexual orientation.
Gordon Hintz words, along with being severely objectionable, are also illegal. What he said to his Republican peer fits the legal definition of assault, pure and simple. I wouldn’t blame, in fact I would encourage Rep Litjens to prosecute Rep Hintz to the fullest extent of the law. It’s not only her right, it’s her duty. If she were to remain silent on this, like the countless women who are beaten by their husbands, or raped by power hungry psychopaths, she is doing nothing but encouraging her abuser to come further unhinged. I don’t care how this is spun; Hintz broke the law and should be punished.
Another issue that I have with this is that while over 100,000 people are peacefully protesting in Madison, inside the capital building walls Hintz is undermining what everyone is trying to accomplish; the dismissal of an unjust bill taking away state worker’s rights to collectively bargain. His threat also undermines a national effort to eliminate the hate rhetoric that has become so pervasive in the radical right’s ideology. I can assure you that every right wing pundit will eagerly crow about Gordon Hintz for months to come. As liberals, it is our responsibility to set the example of civility, not give conservatives more ammunition against us!
This is 2011, not 1811 when political foes could challenge each other to duels on the white house lawn. I don’t care how he meant his threat, or from what circumstances it came from. The threat was vile, and should be dealt with accordingly.
- You: UPDATED: GORDON HINTZ: “YOU ARE F’N DEAD!” (620wtmj.com)
- From Prostitution to Death Threats: Gordon Hintz Is One Classy Fella – RedState | Erick Erickson (jamespatrick1.wordpress.com)
- Daily Benefactor News – Wisconsin Democrat Assemblyman To Republican: “You’re F-ing Dead” (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)