If the First Amendment had to be ratified today...

Republicans will tell you they're the sole Constitutional purists in the country; they worship the document more/better than you do. But imagine if the First Amendment had to be voted on today. It would need two-thirds majority in both Houses just to be proposed.

Consider it: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

First, it's way too progressive for today's rabid rightwing. And if the Republicans saw this Amendment as a win for Obama - it would have to be stopped by any means necessary.

All the President would have to do is say he thinks it's important for Americans to have freedom of speech, religion, the press and assembly.

Then the Tea-nee Republican Party would call them "Obama Freedoms."

Right-wing blogs next would tap, "What do Hitler, Machiavelli, Darwin, Che Guevara and the New Black Panther Party all have in common? They all love Obama Freedoms."

"Obama Freedoms will indoctrinate our children to be secular Islamists who want taxpayers to pay for gay marriage abortions at Ground Zero," Newt Gingrich would say in some Vaseline-lensed ominous music-packed video he'd hawk on his website.

Lawmakers would rush the House floor to accuse freedom of speech as being "bad for business." Others would call it "disruptive." Speaker John Boehner, calling himself an originalist, would decry (get it?) any changes whatsoever to the Constitution. "Hell no, you can't!"

AM talk radio would chime in: "Obama Freedoms will even apply to people here illegally! Drug dealers will be able to protest in your front yard! We're a nation of laws, not Obama Freedoms!"

Others would use it as an opportunity to rail against the press. Media critic Sarah Palin would take to her Twitter account, "LSMwnt 2Bfree noh8ve Obma& wrk,cost jobs. Hurt 4US kllrep$. SeeFB post."

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