One right doesn't guarantee another
Especially when the other isn't one...
In today's Boston Globe, Michael Levenson writes:
Governor Deval Patrick, decrying partisanship in Washington, said yesterday that Republican opposition to President Obama is so reflexive that it “is almost at the level of sedition.’’The headline writer felt that was "arcane", and Levenson felt he needed to define it. That's a little odd, to me anyway, but fine. "Sedition" isn't thrown around much anymore. No; what really caught me was this, a bit later in the story:
Sorry, Jennifer. Your First Amendment rights aren't abridged just because someone puts a label on what you say (as your party should know all too well). As Hubert H. Humphrey once said, "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." And the right to free speech does not automatically include the right to have your words called something they aren't. Like "smart".“Apparently our First Amendment rights are only guaranteed if we agree with the tax-and-spend policies of Deval Patrick and Barack Obama,’’ Jennifer Nassour, the party chairwoman, said in a statement.
The Massachusetts Republican Party quickly condemned Patrick for using the word.