“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Thursday, July 06, 2006

no more words

Mr. David H. Henry, that renowned "intelleckshul, Biblikal skolar, and Constitooshunal theerist," educates us that the First Amendment does not imply a right to read:

It was a 6-2 ruling with Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting, saying that the First Amendment includes "rights to receive, to read and to think."

(I looked and can't find this phrase in the First Amendment. Stevens and Ginsburg must be among the ever-growing number of people who think they know more about the U.S. Constitution than the people who wrote it. . .)


A thought experiment: David H. Henry writes a column admitting that he thinks David Duke is a better rapper than Ice Cube, suggesting that liberals be tattooed to identify their ideology to friends and neighbors and demanding the permanent incarceration of all non-Christians.

David's one fan removes his white hood and sits down in his own living room to read the column. Almost immediately, a group of jackbooted government thugs burst in and arrest Dave's fan. The Amarillo Globe-News, it turns out, has just been declared to be contraband; possession of the paper is punishable by law.

The Supreme Court upheld this law only last week. Turns out that "freedom of the press" doesn't mean that you can actually read what the press writes. Pastors, ministers and messiahs can establish churches, synagogues, or mosques, but that doesn't mean anyone has the right to attend services. You can speak, but no one better try to listen! Citizens can assemble, but no one look at them!

And folks can, of course, petition the Government for a redress of grievances, but . . .

From embryonic idea in Dave's head to column on the Opinion page: What a long, strange trip.