Laura Schlesinger has resigned from her radio show. She quit on her own, not pushed out, not forced to resign and not fired (lamentably..) She then had the gall to suggest that she was leaving because her 1st amendment rights were being infringed.
This is preposterous. In fact, the 1st Amendment is just for the use of calling Asshats Asshats when they do Asshatty things. And make no mistake Schlesinger was being an Asshat when she busted out the "N" word over and over in the span of a few minutes. She has the right to act like that, and we all have the right to call her out on it. And, her sponsors have the right to not want their products associated with crap like that.
So, Ms. Schlesinger is wrong to suggest that she is being censored in any way. She is making the choice to remove herself from the airwaves, no one else. She is martyring her self by suggesting that she is being silenced. No one is silencing her except her.
And now, we have that crusader of Constitutional theory, Sarah Palin stepping in to give her take via her medium of choice (and really the best way to discuss the intricacies of the Constitution) Twitter. "Dr.Laura:don't retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence"isn't American,not fair")"
Yes, Governor Palin also believes that Schlesinger's 1st Amendment rights were infringed. Sigh. It's strange to me that these folks who argue about how clear the language in the 2nd Amendment is can't seem to understand the 1st.
Does the 1st Amendment guarantee Schlesinger a lucrative radio show? Does it force us all to agree with her when she starts throwing around racial slurs? I'm no Sarah Palin (and I don't Twitter so this might not be the most fully formed way to express this) but I don't think it does.
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