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Palin’s First Amendment

Soundbite Sarah is out with another gem today talking about how the press is violating her First Amendment right to free speech.  Palin was interviewed by conservative radio talk show host Chris Plante, and the show aired Friday morning in that elitist capital of the world, Washington, DC.


Zina Saunders

Here is Soundbite Sarah talking about her version of the First Amendment.

If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations, then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah.  Your “blunder” may be of the “Joe the Plumber” type when it comes to the U.S. Constitution, but I’ve said it before, and I will say it again.  You are running to be Vice President of the United States of America, a heartbeat away from the Presidency.  You have a higher standard of intelligence to uphold, especially when it comes to the country you might be running and the Constitution that governs it.

Shall we look at the text of the First Amendment together?

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.

The GOVERNMENT cannot impede on your free speech, but as for the rest of us, we don’t have to listen to a damn thing you say.  And if you open your mouth and insert your foot, as you are so apt to do, we are going to call you on that “blunder”.  

Also, the free press is doing its job by covering your campaign, especially all those “blunders” that you like to make, including the reference to the Iraq war being a “blunder” in your VP debate performance.

Alex Koppelman over at Salon lays it out nicely:

To put it succinctly: the press can’t violate Palin’s First Amendment rights. If the government were to criminalize her speech, that would be a violation. But what the press is doing in criticizing Palin is exercising the First Amendment.

Sarah, your right to free speech doesn’t make all of us beholden to your unintelligible nonsense, unquestioningly listening while you spew hatred and racially charged rhetoric.  The press’s duty, and ours as bloggers, is to keep you and your filthy propaganda in check.  That’s FREE SPEECH.


  1. NavyBlueWife

    Worthy of a diary itself…

    If you notice, there is a heartbeat playing along with the music…when it cuts to her image, the heartbeat pauses before picking up again…pretty frackin’ cool.

  2. Kysen

    how so many elected officials know so little about the document they have been elected to uphold.

    I cannot believe that the end of this 8 year long nightmare is almost over.

  3. spacemanspiff

    They did the best they could with what they had.

    The 2012(11) GOP primary is going to be verrrrry interesting.

    Can’t wait!

    p.s. I’m going to be 30 in 4 years! OH NOES1!!1!  

  4. fogiv

    You have a higher standard of intelligence to uphold, especially when it comes to the country you might be running and the Constitution that governs it.

    In this country, you must pass a test to drive a car, get a hunting license, or work for the Post Office.  VP?  Any meathead will do.  

  5. semiquaver

    We could survive a McCain presidency.  I’m really not sure we could say the same for Palin.  God help us if this woman ever has a chance to unleash her massive ignorance on our country.  Seriously, what kind of politician responds to criticism by going on a misinformed rant about the first amendment rights she has repeatedly tried to supress?

  6. rfahey22

    Unfortunately, misunderstanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is pervasive in this country – how many times were bloggers warned or banned on other sites, after which they would claim that the admins were violating their free speech rights?  Also, discussion of the new FISA bill was made difficult by the fact that very few people understood the arguments regarding its constitutionality.  Many people adopted Feingold’s position whole cloth without any idea about whether he was right from a legal standpoint (I’m not sure myself whether the new FISA legislation is unconstitutional because the Fifth Amendment does not necessarily apply outside of the United States, and the legislation governs foreign communications).

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