Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Maybe this is why teenagers don't know what the First Amendment is

Stronger countermeasures will be needed, including an unequivocal White House response to obstructionism, curbs on filibusters, and a clear delineation of what's permissible and what's out of bounds in dissent on Iraq.

--Fred Barnes, speaking for for the Editors of the Weekly Standard, February 2005 (emphasis added)

This reminds CNB of another classic quote (ironically coming from a guy who was then working for the man who cannot stop saying "They hate us for our freedom"):

. . .they're reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do. This is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.

--Ari Fleischer, then-White HousePress Secretary, September 26, 2001 (emphasis added)

Maybe it doesn't matter if teenagers understand (or care) what the First Amendment is for -- the folks in charge (and their media lapdogs) don't either.