Leah links to a story about how only one in 1,000 Americans can name all five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. Meanwhile, Wonkette notes that apparently our armed forces - or at least the Marines - don't actually get to enjoy those freedoms. Hmmm... those protecting our freedoms don't get to enjoy the freedoms they're protecting. Yeah, that seems fair. Refreshments fans, you know what I'm referring to.
Of course, high school kids still don't understand the First Amendment. This is probably because adults don't get it either. You also have to wonder how many people know what the Fourth Amendment guarantees. Or used to guarantee, before the Bush Administration turned it into so much parchment confetti.
One wonders why the ACLU gets such a bad rap. I guess it's tough to get the adulation you deserve when you're defending rights people don't even know about. Like the free exercise of religion. Or free speech. Or Rush Limbaugh's right to privacy.
I wonder how many people out there are waving the "free expression" banner about the cartoon thing while simultaneously supporting laws making flag burning illegal. Well, if that article Leah links to is right, 999 out of 1000.
Oh well. At least this is spiffy.