The 2nd Amendment Isn’t the Only Amendment

30 Aug

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And all Americans should know that as can be attested to by the 2nd Amendment’s name…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s has refused to stand during recitations of the national anthem at football games in a personal attempt to protest police brutality in the United States. Consequently this has many conservative Americans up in arms, including Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Which I find quite interesting because conservatives are supposed to be the ones who have less of an inclination towards change or liberal interpretations… of, say… the Constitution of the United States of America! As in the 1st Amendment which guarantees freedom of speech and the right to peaceably protest without fear of government reprisal.

So Mr. Kaepernick would like to protest, which is his 1st Amendment right to do so, in front of America’s football fans, just like he has the right to carry a gun and shoot himself in front of America if he so chooses. And you can bet that Conservatives all across this great land would defend his right to do just that (after having staged the appropriate moment of silence before prying said gun out of his cold dead hands)

But when Mr. Kaepernick exercises his 1st Amendment right to free speech and protest, so called Conservative pundits are going hog wild with apoplexy and are making comments like. “How dare he!” “He’s UN-American!””He must be a Muslim!” “But I thought his parents were white?”(which of course is a prerequisite for American contentment?)

And then even that great Constitutional scholar, Donald Trump, chimed in with “Why doesn’t he go find another country?” (Also his immigration policy)

Yes, we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave but how dare anyone be brave enough to exercise their freedom  by protesting that which they find disturbing or inequitable about their government or country.

This is America after all so sit down and shut up… or rather stand up and place your hand over your heart and shut up…no don’t shut up. Just sing! About the ramparts and the red glare and about how the country fought for its freedoms because freedom isn’t free and that’s why we have the 2nd Amendment, which is the only really true and important amendment, so when you get frustrated and angry with your government that you feel no longer serves the people you can go out and get your gun and then just shut up and shoot someone…

No wait…that can’t be right can it???

Damn liberals!

 

 

7 Responses to “The 2nd Amendment Isn’t the Only Amendment”

  1. GP Cox August 30, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    If Colin has the right to speak – then so do everyone else with opposing views. Read this from a former Marine, she has the right to speak too!
    https://lifeinthegym.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/open-letter-to-colin-kaepernick/

    • kingmidget August 30, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

      Two comments I heard on the radio during discussions of this over the last couple of days. One was an old guy who accused Kaepernick of hating America. I am soooooo tired of this being the response so frequently from the right wing to actions like this. Having a different view, being willing to challenge the correctness of things that happen in America or of things that are done in our name does not mean one hates America. In fact, challenging us to do better than we are is a sign of a deeper love than that of the patriotic, right no matter what crowd.

      The second comment was that the right to bear arms is a God-given right. I’m curious about where it says that in the bible or any other religious document. I’m pretty sure the bible was written before guns ever existed.

    • kingmidget August 30, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

      That first reply wasn’t supposed to be in response to your comment, but it kind of fits the thoughts I have in response to your comment. Kaepernick has the right to speak his mind and the right to protest. And you’re right that others have the right to express their opposing views as well. But as I said in that initial comment, the idea that Kaepernick expresses views others disagree with does not mean he hates America, it does not make him any less of a patriot, it does not mean he doesn’t love America. That’s where the opponents to his thoughts cross the line. The right-wing of this country constantly makes that attack against liberals and it is a tiresome canard that shows an unwillingness to actually think and address issues raised in liberal thought and protests.

      • GP Cox August 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

        No, I’m afraid disrespecting the flag and our anthem sort of says it all for me.

  2. jonolan August 30, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Of course the boy has the right to speak as he will…in that the government is not allowed to prevent him from doing so. That doesn’t mean that he’s free from the consequences of offending we, the People. In point of fact, there’s little in the Constitution that binds the People; it binds only the government’s responses to the People.

  3. kingmidget August 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    Duly noted that you don’t believe America’s freedoms include disagreeing with you or taking actions you wouldn’t take.

  4. onnovocks August 31, 2016 at 6:51 am #

    If freedom is granted and not taken, you are not free.

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