The 1st Amendment vs. Hank Williams Jr.

It’s not like anyone would ever mistake Hank Williams Jr. for a constitutional scholar despite his penchant for literally wrapping himself in the American flag. Perhaps best known for being the honky tonk face of Monday Night Football’s musical opening, Hank appeared on Fox and Friends recently where he compared President Obama to Hitler and called him “The enemy.”
Not just a little hyperbolic and over the top but so much so that even Gretchen Carlson, that stalwart supporter of all things Teabaggy and Republican, blanched and disavowed the comments.
ESPN, for its part, yanked Hank from their weekly football program.

“While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to Monday Night Football. We are extremely disappointed with his comments, and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast.”

You can smell it coming, huh? Hank responded:

“After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct. 3, you (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech,” Williams wrote. “So therefore Me, My Song and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.”

Standard Right Wing whinging whenever they let what they really think drool out of their vacant heads and reveal how damn stupid they are: “You’re trampling on my rights!”

Hank Williams is an idiot. A clueless buffoon. An embarrassing imbecile who ought to keep his mouth shut and be glad there are still enough people with eight-track players to buy what passes for his music.
The First Amendment DOES NOT stand for the proposition that one can say whatever the hell one wants and suffer no consequences. It does not entitle Laura Schlesinger to say nigger 11 times on her radio program and NOT be fired. And if you run around comparing the POTUS to Hitler, don’t be surprised if a for-profit sports broadcaster that markets programming to Americans decides that maybe you aren’t exactly the image they want opening their weekly show.

Hank Jr., like too many Teabagging “I want my country back” assholes running around screaming about the Founding Fathers and the constitution, simply have no fucking idea what the document says and even less of a notion about what it MEANS.
Yes, Hank, you have a perfect right to say whatever the hell you want.
And your employer has a perfect right to fire your hillbilly ass for saying it when your words are foolish, offensive, ignorant and borderline racist.
The First Amendment, you brainless chicken-fried buttplug, only means the government cannot stop you from saying it. After that, Junior, you’re on your own.

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