Here’s the story:
SEN. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on the DISCLOSE Act: “I believe there ought to be limits because the First Amendment is not absolute. No amendment is absolute. You can’t scream ‘fire’ falsely in a crowded theater. We have libel laws. We have anti-pornography laws. All of those are limits on the First Amendment. Well, what could be more important than the wellspring of our democracy? And certain limits on First Amendment rights that if left unfettered, destroy the equality — any semblance of equality in our democracy — of course would be allowed by the Constitution.”
“And the new theorists on the Supreme Court who don’t believe that, I am not sure where their motivation comes from, but they are just so wrong. They are just so wrong.”
Now, I understand what his words mean on the surface, and I might even be willing to accept them on face value because he is advocating the founders’ understanding of the 1st Amendment. However, there’s a big problem: his reasoning limits your right to your own life.
How do I get “right to life not absolute” from that quote? Simple: your right to your life is NOT in the Constitution. You will NOT find it specifically protected anywhere in the Constitution OR Bill of Rights, but it is there – in the 10th Amendment. So, by logical extension, if no right protected by amendment is “absolute,” then your right to your life is not absolute, either – and this follows his reasoning about the first amendment perfectly.
Now, I am well aware that there will be people who will read this and the first impulse they will have is to tell you I am being hysterical again,; that I am just trying to scare you. They will tell you that no one in govt. wants to restrict or take away your rights. But do me a favor before you accept their objections. Read and look into the following:
SUPPORTING THE CONSTITUTION
“It is my belief that there are “absolutes” in our Bill of Rights, and that they were put there on purpose by men who knew what the words meant and meant their prohibitions to be “absolutes.”
–Justice Hugo Black
“The Bill of Rights is a literal and absolute document. The First Amendment doesn’t say you have a right to speak out unless the government has a ‘compelling interest’ in censoring the Internet. The Second Amendment doesn’t say you have the right to keep and bear arms until some madman plants a bomb. The Fourth Amendment doesn’t say you have the right to be secure from search and seizure unless some FBI agent thinks you fit the profile of a terrorist. The government has no right to interfere with any of these freedoms under any circumstances.”
SUPPORTING THE GOVERNMENT
“It will be necessary for us to be a nation of men, and not laws.”
–VP Dick Cheney,reacting to the 9-11 attack as reported on PBS “Frontline” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/cheney/view/
“I don’t give a goddamn. I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way. … Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”
–President George W Bush, White House cabinet meeting to discuss the renewal of the Patriot Act, in response to GOP leaders presenting a valid case that the Patriot Act undermined the Constitution. Doug Thompson, Capital Hill Blue, Dec 5, 2005 http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7779.shtml
“We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans…”
–President Bill Clinton,March 1, 1993, during a press conference in Piscataway , NJ. USA Today, March 11, 1993, “NRA change: `Omnipotent to powerful’ “
“You know the one thing that’s wrong with this country? Everyone gets a chance to have their fair say.”
–President Bill Clinton,May 29, 1993, The White House
“If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.”
–President Bill Clinton,August 12, 1993
“Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal.”
–Attorney General Janet Reno,
It is past time that the average American learn and accept the fact that the people running our govt. and, in many cases, our social institutions do not believe in individual rights and liberty. They are collectivist and self-appointed elitists who believe they are superior to us and, therefore, have a moral imperative to save us from ourselves, and the world from us by any means necessary. And I will say this again: this is not my opinion, this is what they have said – you just have to start reading what they have written to prove it to yourself.
Humbly submitted for your consideration and in sincere hope that you will give some thought to my words. Thanks for reading and God bless.