Celebrate the First Amendment

October 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert

A brief note in celebration of the First Amendment:

John Trever’s cartoon in today’s Albuquerque Journal (Oct. 22) rebukes 2010 election campaigners for mudslinging.

“How low can they go?” asks an onlooker.

Thus does the teapot call the kettle black!

The same John Trever raged against a Ground Zero mosque in an August 22 cartoon – though no such plan ever existed.

Happily, the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee covers even Trever’s efforts to rouse the rabble.

And – count our blessings – it protects the speech of rabble-rousers with the chutzpah to condemn others – others! – for taking the low road.

So even as we curse the darkness of the Journal, let us extol the candle lit by our Bill of Rights.

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