This Colbert report clip, hilarious as it is, mocks the type of seriously negative press Obama has been getting since the day he took office. From chain emails and common conversation to birtherism and beyond, it is hard to live a day in this country without encountering open hatred of our President. Even the Occupiers have been very outspoken against Obama. And I seem to remember a lot of this stuff when Bush was President, too. Now, my personal opinion is that Bush deserved a lot of criticism, and Obama deserves some. It is not just an opinion, however, to admit that such criticism, in whatever form and with however much intensity, is a right granted to us all by the first amendment.
Free speech is perhaps the trickiest important legal concept to understand. What about slander? What about censorship? The list of difficult questions goes on. Holding free speech dear, I readily pass judgment on especially public endorsements (or creations) of misinformation. Read the rest of this entry →