The Media, The Bill of Rights, and Grand Juries

I think that before media employees (all of them, but particularly those in the employ of MSNBC) begin to exercise their 1st Amendment rights, they should all be required to do the following:

Take a state-run class consisting of the theory, dangers, definitions, and responsibilities of speech
Take an additional state run class in the practical aspects of the exercise of speech
Pass a state examination to display all the necessary abilities to correctly and lawfully exercise speech

Pay a fee to the local jurisdiction wherein you desire to exercise speech in order to obtain your license for speech
Be fingerprinted
Wait for your background investigation to clear
Be issued a license to exercise public speech (provided you pass all your classes and your background investigation) that will have to be renewed on it's expiration date

Repeat for each state or other jurisdiction in which you wish to exercise speech

If you are identified by law enforcement exercising speech without a license, you will be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution

If you are convicted of certain crimes of moral turpitude, you license to exercise speech will be revoked


Long as I'm at it, our current crop of rioters would be well advised that the 5th Amendment includes more than a right to remain silent. It also requires Grand Jury indictments as a prelude to criminal prosecution, among other things


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