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

Inadvertently proving themselves, in fact, lame - an entire 24-hour news cycle would be devoted to deciphering her tweet. Then the self-proclaimed modern-day Shakespeare would make up a word just for the occasion: virrification. It's a cross of verification and vilify and maybe viral, but no one would know for sure. It would just seem to fit perfectly for the issue, and then it would be overused until it lost all irony.

UrbanDictionary.com would offer to use the new word in a sentence: To kill the bill, use virrification (see: refudiate and squirmish).

Lopsided, meaningless polls will be taken: "Do you think people who just so happen to call themselves journalists should be free to do so?" The results will be split. People will comment, "I don't know how comfortable I am with people being able to say ANYTHING they want. We're in three wars!" And, "Free speech will shove pornography down our throats!"

Commercials would be launched, and the amendment would be called a "government take over of religion" by Koch-brother-funded shadow groups. Average-looking character actors would be hired to say how scared they are of Muslims stoning their children in schools.

"You know what Obama Freedoms will do to this country?! Criminalize bacon! What could stop them?"

Fox and Friends would snicker that being able to assemble peacefully should be called "The Gridlock Amendment." They'd point out if it gets passed, it would cause traffic and clog America's thoroughfares. Traffic costs jobs and money! It will ruin this country! "People should be working, but instead the government wants to force us to be on the streets with picket signs."

Democratic lawmakers, trying to sound reasonable instead of merely capitulatory, would say there's too much in the bill - that these controversial freedoms need to be in separate bills so they can be debated individually. "It's just not realistic to put all these - what the rightwing are calling 'Obama Freedoms' - what I'm calling basic rights - in one Amendment to the Constitution. I'm proposing a series of Amendments which can be voted on individually - that way we can have an opportunity to debate each one."

The First Amendment - arguably the foundation of our democracy - if brought up today would die in committee.

Yes, our time is just that stupid.

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Tina Dupuy is an award-winning writer and fill-in host at The Young Turks. Tina can be reached at tinadupuy@yahoo.com.

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