Prince Harry Calls First Amendment Bonkers
Prince Harry Calls First Amendment Bonkers
In an interview with Dax Shephard on the podcast Armchair Expert, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex said that while he doesn’t understand it, the First Amendment is “bonkers”. Considering that we fought a war to free ourselves of the yoke of the monarchy of Great Britain, we really don’t give a large crate of tea what he thinks. But, bear with me here, Harry’s take is instructive and popular with the educated, but ignorant. social media types.
Prince Harry has always seemed to be the somewhat dim, but good-natured one of the two sons of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He was a cute ginger child, made some horrible youthful mistakes, but went on to serve ten years in the Army and fly an Apache helicopter. He founded the Invictus Games for international wounded warriors. Well done, Harry.
And, then our sweet, lonely lad met Meghan Markle. To be honest, the Victory Girls Blog found the Royal Wedding of these two proper cracking (very well done). The cracks appeared almost immediately after, and Prince Harry and the Duchess lit out for California by way of Canada.
If the infamous Oprah interview was bad enough with Prince Harry trashing the Royal Family while his grandfather Prince Phillip lay dying, Harry has now tripled down.
He went on the Armchair Expert and criticized how his father raised him and by extension Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Phillip. Isn’t that the worst manners you have ever heard of. You are raised in the lap of luxury and then criticize your Gran while she’s is mourning.
But, Prince Harry wasn’t done. He had the utter temerity to criticize the First Amendment to The Constitution of the United States of America. What a twatwaffle! Criticizing the First Amendment while taking advantage of the First Amendment. It all started with a discussion of the trials of living in the digital age:
“As I’ve said, the experience of today’s digital world has us inundated with an avalanche of misinformation, affecting our ability as individuals as well as societies to think clearly and truly understand the world we live in,” Prince Harry said about his new job. “It’s my belief that this is a humanitarian issue and as such, it demands a multi-stakeholder response from advocacy voices, members of the media, academic researchers, and both government and civil society leaders.”
It’s not all about you, Harry. Stop gazing at your navel and look at the real world. Infrastructure cybersecurity has been in the news lately. That’s kind of a lot more important that people talking (well-earned) smack about you on Twitter.
Prince Harry went on to call the First Amendment bonkers:
“I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers. I don’t want to start going down the First Amendment route because that’s a huge subject and one which I don’t understand because I’ve only been here a short time,” Prince Harry said. “But, you can find a loophole in anything. You can capitalize or exploit what’s not said rather than uphold what is said.”
I am not even going to try to parse out that horrifying string of words. I am going to focus on three words: “First”, “Amendment”, and “bonkers”. James Madison, Founding Father and fourth President, wrote the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment was first because all the other rights flow from freedom of speech, religion, free press, freedom of assembly and right to petition. If that’s bonkers, then I am down with bonkers.
From the Bill of Rights Institute:
The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. James Madison wrote the amendments, which list specific prohibitions on governmental power, in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties. For example, the Founders saw the ability to speak and worship freely as a natural right protected by the First Amendment. Congress is prohibited from making laws establishing religion or abridging freedom of speech. The Fourth Amendment safeguards citizens’ right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion in their homes through the requirement of a warrant.
The Bill of Rights is a proscription on what the government can do. Remember, that we had just fought a war against a government. We wanted the yoke off of us. We wanted to be free. The First Amendment gives you the right to be you, as the song goes:
I think those words are small enough for Prince Harry to understand. And, I love this tweet from the leader of Brexit:
For Prince Harry to condemn the USA's First Amendment shows he has lost the plot. Soon he will not be wanted on either side of the pond.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 15, 2021
And, here is a final bit of advice. You don’t want people making mean tweets about you. Don’t go on Oprah. Live a quiet life. There are very famous people that do, both here in the United States and in Great Britain. Trust.