Are First Amendment Rights Becoming The Ultimate Excuse For Bad Behavior?
From Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s capricious on-air use of the “N” word, to the accused suicide serial killer William Melchert-Dinkel, who by his own admission has insidiously encouraged at least two people over the Internet to take their lives, their claims that their First Amendment Rights have somehow been violated seems like a pathetic attempt to draw the attention away from the bad behavior that got them in hot water in the first place.
Let’s think about this for a moment, because I am still having a good deal of difficulty in getting my head around what amounts to an indignant and even shameful cry of foul by two individuals who were and are clearly in the wrong.
To start, I doubt that this malleability of application being sought to justify Schlessinger’s words and Melchert-Dinkel’s actions were the freedoms that had been contemplated when the First Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791.
In fact it would probably be a safe bet that whether you were an Alexander Hamilton-type Federalist or a Thomas Jefferson Anti-Federalist supporter, the one thing upon which there would be no disagreement is that the perversion of the spirit of Freedom of Speech proffered by these individuals would be met and dismissed with equal contempt.
Perhaps it is the spirit of the First Amendment that has been lost, and with it the realization and acknowledgment that being born in a country whose values still hold dear the concept of true freedom is also a privilege. A hard earned right born of both courage and sacrifice by those that came before us.
In this regard, I cannot help but feel that we have taken this right of freedom for granted, and in doing so have somehow taken license to twist it to meet our own selfish ends and personal agendas.
This is of course the greater sadness that transcends to a certain extent the actions of these two individuals, who while vastly different in their infractions are forever connected through their misuse of the very principles and ideals that make America great.
Today is the 70th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain, when Winston Churchill delivered his historic “finest hour” speech to the House of Commons, in which he said of the air crews “never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”