Friday, January 25, 2013

Low Usage, Low Wattage

Whether you disagree with their position or not, it's hard to argue against the fact that a lot of the people who say they're defending the Second Amendment's right to bear arms make use of the right they say exists: They own guns and they shoot guns, for recreation or practice or training.

Sometimes I read things that make me wonder if, should someone ever take a serious run at the freedom of the press clause of the First Amendment, there'll be any serious users of it left to try to defend it.

Then there's Al Gore, former U.S. Senator and former Vice President and former television news network owner, who says that television news has been harmful for democracy. I need to go back and find my fourth grade social studies teacher who told me "democracy" meant "government by the citizens of a state" and tell her it actually means "Al Gore's net worth." Who knew?

And news of George Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss's retirement -- which will leave the Senate with one less cool senatorial name -- has prompted both Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich to say they won't run for the open seat. Rumors that both men explained their decisions with a similar statement: "We found out not running is a cheaper and easier way to achieve the same results we would get if we did run" are so far unfounded.

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