Not all speech is free

Joe Gilbert, 21st District House candidate, wishes to do away with the U.S. Department of Education. He is quoted as saying that the Department, “isn’t in the Constitution.” I read the Constitution. He’s right, no departments are listed: none, zero, nada. Using Gilbert’s criterion for getting rid of departments, we should sack these department too, among others: Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security. In for a penny, in for a dollar!

The type of statement used by Gilbert occurs all to often. In my opinion, it is aimed at creating a quick, negative reaction - “its wrong if it is not in the Constitution” - from people who are too lazy to check out the Constitution or other sources of facts. Getting into power by misrepresentation and innuendo seems to be the norm. Abuse of the First Amendment is the weapon of choice.

Gordon Howard


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