Hi, out there. Been a while.
The Supreme Court has decided, in a 5-4 vote, to be Second Amendment absolutists. Well, as a First Amendment absolutist I am encouraged.
The late George Carlin would have loved this decision.
(Parenthetically, why do conservatives never call a 5-4 vote "closely divided" when it goes their way?)
I feel that now, since the Constitution says there can be "no law...abridging the freedom of speech," we are free to spout slander, libel, sedition and foul obscenity, from every street corner, radio/TV station and periodical.
We can preach the violent overthrow of the government and the means by which to overthrow it. We can yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater. We can use Carlin's seven words with impunity in public spaces and in cathedrals. We can call Dick Cheney exactly what he is.
And when we are arrested and brought before our local courts, we can kick the case right up to the Supreme Court and argue that "no law" means "no law," and we are firmly within our constitutional rights, with the Second Amendment decision as precedent.
I mean, am I #*@%$ right, or what?