Someone asked me last week why I put myself out here (on the internet), often soliciting unkind words, sometimes rising to the level of death threats.
It was a reasonable question, one that required sober thought, something of which I was only marginally capable at the time the question was posed.
One reason is that rights, like muscles can wither and die from disuse. Democracy demands that we exercise our 1st Amendment rights, especially when it comes to our freedoms of speech and the press.
Most of the so-called constitutionalists I have met seem to want to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they support. They usually skip right over the 1st Amendment in their excitement to get down to the 2nd.
As President Andrew Shepard (Michael Douglas) said in The American President, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.”
That brings us to the following post on my Facebook page from a person whom we will call Mr. Constitution for the purpose of today’s discussion:
“...you are so intellectually dishonest it’s not even funny. I mean, really staggering beyond stupid levels. As a Constitutionalist, I definitely have you in my cross hairs when things go kinetic, due to your absurd dishonest thought processes!!!”
Off the top of my head, it appears to me that Mr. Constitution has heard the phrase “intellectually dishonest,” but has no idea what it means.
The Urban Dictionary defines intellectual dishonesty as, “the advocacy of a position known to be false. An argument which is misused to advance an agenda or to reinforce one’s deeply held beliefs in the face of overwhelming evidence contrary.”
For the record, I was not involved in the vitriolic discussion Mr. Constitution was having on my Facebook page, I merely posted something with which he took strong issue.
It’s possible that Mr. Constitution was simply calling me a liar, a charge that would have required me to do more than just post an article.
An example of intellectual dishonesty would be a man saying that he saw “thousands and thousands” of Muslims dancing on rooftops in New Jersey on 9/11.
Or that Mexico is sending us rapists. You get the idea.
An intellectually dishonest person might be judged by the leading non-partisan fact-checking organizations as having his “pants on fire” more than 70% of the time. Know anyone like that?
I appreciate the irony of a Trumper calling me intellectually dishonest. I would caution Mr. Constitution about using the word “intellectual” the same way I would caution Hillary Clinton about using the word “email.”
You don’t want to draw attention to your Achilles heel.
It’s also worth noting here that intellectual dishonesty requires a bit of smarts, but Mr. Constitution insists that my intellectual dishonesty is “staggering beyond stupid levels.”
In his threat, Mr. Constitution describes himself as a constitutionalist, which always brings a chuckle, like when Christine O’Donnell called herself a “policy wonk.”
Mr. Constitution goes on to say that “when things go kinetic,” he’s going to shoot me because of my “absurd dishonest thought processes.”
That’s a lot to work with and I’m not sure where to go with it. I do know that things have been pretty kinetic in my life for quite some time. A lot has been said about my thought processes, but absurdly dishonest is a new one.
What do you say to someone who tells you that he’s all about the Constitution, but concurrently wants to snuff out the 1st Amendment.
Like so many of his ilk, it’s apparent that Mr. Constitution’s familiarity with the Constitution is limited to the 2nd Amendment, the one they think they need to protect so fiercely.
In his defense, Mr. Constitution once challenged the constitutionality of the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, an act that was upheld by the supreme court of Illinois.
Expand your horizons, Mr. Constitution. There’s 9 other Amendments in the Bill of Rights. Let’s see if you can name 5 of them by the time your candidate is sworn into office.