Contemplating "The First Amendment"

Why is it that the people who cry "First Amendment" the most are always so "shocked" when the people they're speaking to invoke theirs?

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  1. Yes, I, too, am amazed at the way people confuse having someone exercise that right with someone trying to stop them from having that right themselves.

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  2. I guess what I'm saying here is that some people want to say something, and insist it's their right to say something, but then they become shocked and indignant that - surprise, surprise - other people - including us lowly colored folk - also have the right to say what we want.

    It's like when they say their piece, they're specifically expecting people to not say something back (i.e. not "talk back").

    I need to do a more in-depth post about the First Amendment because I don't think most Americans understand what it really exists for.

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  3. I think I hear ya. I don't connect my thoughts with how I get to my conclusion very well - according to my professors anyway.

    The people who piss and moan about having the 1st Amendment right to say and do whatever they please forget that the people on the receiving end of their diatribe or drivel have the same right (which is part of the point you are making, I believe). In addition to that, they seem to respond in by saying that they have the right to be a dick under this 1st Amendment ...but you don't have the right to respond to them (the rest of the point you are making, I believe).

    And it led me to the confusion these people have when someone expresses their discontent with their words. They have this strange idea that the expression of that discontent is somehow taking the right away from them or that someone seeks to shut them up or shut them down when usually - the other person is just using his or her 1st Amendment right as well.

    Definitely would love to see a 1st Amendment post. I know you'll break it down for people quite nicely.

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  4. They have this strange idea that the expression of that discontent is somehow taking the right away from them or that someone seeks to shut them up or shut them down when usually - the other person is just using his or her 1st Amendment right as well.

    Beautifully stated.

    In essence, they are the ones getting upset someone is disagreeing with them. It's like the "Other" person - pun intended - "isn't supposed to do that." They're not supposed to have an opinion. They are most assuredly not supposed to contradict in any way.

    A great example of this is the drapto infestation plaguing the comment section of Abagond's blog.

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  5. Funny thing is, the First Ammendment doesn't even have to do with everyday conversations or the like. The First Ammendment was created so that people couldn't be thrown in jail for speaking ill of the government.

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  6. Oh - here's your comment!!!! I thought it was on the new blog post about the First Amendment! Glad to know the site didn't eat!!!

    Excellently stated, Rochelle.

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  7. As my friend says "Freedom of speech does not mean Freedom from Reproach"

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  8. Good one, bcbgrl33!!!

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