Free Speech With Consequences
Recently GOP State House Member, Mike O’Neal, sent out two emails. One calling Michelle Obama Mrs. YoMAMA and another he sent referenced a prayer from the book of Psalm. This bible verse is very suggestive to say the least. The verse reads at Psalm 109:8 “Let his days be numbered and let another take his place in office, let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow…” and so on. The verse continues on and it is a prayer for a man in office to pass away. Congressman O’Neal rejoices at the end of his email stating “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”. However, when the email went public he said the verse referenced in his email wasn’t meant to be taken literally but in his email he says “… Look it up – it is word for word!…”.
Of course people came to his defense and said it’s his First Amendment right to say what he wants so he shouldn’t be punished or reprimanded. What those people fail to realize is, while the First Amendment allows you to say what you wish, it doesn’t protect from punishment. Others asked “Why should Congressman O’Neal be punished when there is a bumper sticker that says the same thing?” The answer to that is, Congressman O’Neal is held to higher a standard. He is not a businessman making a profit. He is not a person working underneath the public eye. He is a representative of the United States. He is some one who people can look up and find in another country. And if some one in another country looks him up and finds this is his stance on Obama then what will they think of the state of our country.
Do I agree with the statements of Congressman O’Neal? Absolutely not but, do I believe he had the right to the say them absolutely. Do I believe he should have said them? Of course not, not because I like Obama but, because Obama is our president and also because I have never or will I ever wish death upon anyone. It’s silly that politics has become what it is what it is and that won’t change until we get the dumb out politics.