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Scoot: We owe it to our fallen soldiers to understand our rights!

Memorial Day weekend is the emotional beginning of summer! Even for adults who no longer have a school schedule, Memorial Day weekend inspires a “summertime” mentality that was part of our lives growing up and spending twelve important years in our young lives in school. Every year, we celebrated the beginning of summertime on Memorial Day weekend.
 
Growing up in New Orleans, it was customary to go to the beach with family when we were young and then as adults when we had families. Backyard BBQs, picnics and outdoor activities define Memorial Day weekend.
 
Leading up to Memorial Day weekend every year, Americans are exposed to numerous radio and TV commercials that give the impression that the best way to celebrate Memorial Day is by shopping and buying something on sale.
 
What is often lost with the commercialization that surrounds all American holidays is the true meaning of our holidays – and Memorial Day is no exception.
 
Memorial Day is a national holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving in the military. We all see and hear the acknowledgement of those who died serving our country, but hopefully, that alone does not satisfy our responsibility to remember the men and women who died serving in the military that continues to protect our freedoms.
 
Parents should talk to their children about Memorial Day and the freedoms we have in America, and that people gave their lives protecting the freedoms that allow any of us the opportunity to celebrate this day in our own special way. Couples and individuals should also take a moment to actually think about what it means to live in America and the price that was paid to create and protect the great nation we live in today.
 
Over the past few weeks, there have been topics discussed on “The Scoot Show” on WWL that serve to remind us that our most basic freedoms are often misunderstood and not respected.
 
When a racist rant by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling from a conversation with his girlfriend was released to the media, many argued that Sterling was expressing his feelings and the NBA’s and the public’s judgment essentially demonstrated that we really no longer have a right to freedom of speech in America.  That observation was also made when “Duck Dynasty’s” Phil Robertson made harsh anti-gay comments in a newspaper interview and more recently, during an Easter sermon in a Louisiana church.
 
Criticism of words and thoughts expressed while individuals are speaking freely has led to questions about the First Amendment.
 
Gun-rights activists bringing guns into family restaurant settings have stirred controversy and questions about our Second Amendment rights. Chipotle and Chili’s restaurants have recently reacted to groups of gun-rights activists carrying their guns into family restaurants, apparently to just make a point about their Second Amendment rights.
 
Last year, Starbucks issued a statement telling its customers they are not allowed to bring their weapons into any Starbucks location – which immediately prompted cries that our precious Second Amendment rights were being violated.
 
On this Memorial Day 2014, let’s set the record straight on these recent challenges to our First and Second Amendment rights.  Reaction to what is said when someone is exercising their right to freedom of speech is not an indication that freedom of speech in America is no longer protected or respected. Americans have always been held accountable for the meaning of what they say. The only thing that changes is how society interprets and judges words and ideas - but that does not constitute a violation of freedom of speech.
 
Gun-rights advocates flaunting their Second Amendment rights by toting weapons into family restaurants and displaying their weapons openly on tables does not reflect the true spirit of gun rights in America. The Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms for protection – not for making a point by intimidating other Americans.
 
Any restaurant or any business that does not allow customers to carry weapons into their location is not infringing on Second Amendment rights.  The restaurants should not be criticized for establishing that rule – the gun-rights activists should be criticized for their obvious misinterpretation of the Second Amendment.
 
Hysteria and paranoia run deep in America.  Many Americans have been convinced that our freedom of speech and gun rights are no longer respected and being taken away – but there seems to be no concrete evidence to support those concerns.
 
As Americans who are reaping the benefits of living in a free nation that was created and is protected by those who gave their lives serving in our military, we should be responsible for understanding our rights and not falling prey to fringe misinterpretation designed to create panic - which only distracts from the real meaning and understanding of our rights.
 
Happy Memorial Day!


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05/25/2014 9:11PM
Scoot: We owe it to the troops to understand our own rights!
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05/25/2014 10:33PM
PHALLUS PALACE: Man decorates tiny apartment with 1,000 pieces of 'pénis-related art'...
Scoot would be in heaven in that man’s apartment.
05/25/2014 10:36PM
The left does not respect freedom of speech. Only liberal speech is allowed
without consequences. Scoot you are a Democrat a lie often.
05/25/2014 10:41PM
Texas School Punishes Boy for Opposing Homosexuality
Unless you endorse boys sticking their pénises into another boy’s rectum, you will be punished. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/09/22/texas-school-punishes-boy-for-opposing-homosexuality/
05/25/2014 10:45PM
Memorial Day
Congrats to all my fellow Marines currently serving and those in all branches for your service to our nation and the great sacrifices you make daily for freedom the security of this nation. It is sad that we have a commander-in-chief that is more concerned with playing politics and celebrating himself than concerned that those who have abused wounded vets at the VA are held accountable. Semper Fidelis
05/26/2014 1:18AM
Jealous
Scoot and the liberal media are furious that Phil Robertson gets to talk the truth and can't be taken off the air do to duck dynasty tremendous ratings.
05/26/2014 1:29AM
Veterans
Our men did not go to war to protect gays, welfare, laziness and open sin. These ideals are promot Ed by a leftist media and Hollywood actors
05/26/2014 7:42AM
Privately Scoot considers it slander to call him a homosexual. He finds the behavior shameful.
But he would never say that on his radio show because he could lose his gig. We have lost the right to disagree with whatever the left-nut world view happens to currently be. Scientist who offer opposing views and evidence that man-made global warming is a hoax do not receive as much or any tax payer dollars for research and their reputations are trashed when in reality they are merely opposing junk science and using science for a political agenda. There is no freedom to disagree with leftists. If you do all hell will be unleashed on you. Liberalism fails every time it is tried and thus, the only way for this cancer to prosper is for liberals to lie about who they are and silence any opposition speech via fear of what will happen if you oppose them.
05/26/2014 7:53AM
Homosexuals have to recruit. They cannot reproduce.
Public schools are being used to sell the homosexual lifestyle to children under the guise of tolerance. The reality is the homosexual community is least tolerant in this battle for the hearts and minds of children.
05/26/2014 8:01AM
Liberals can slander entire groups of people with no consequences.
Rockefeller stands by Obama race remark. Liberals enjoy greater freedom of speech. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/jay-ockefeller-barack-obama-race-remark-107026.html?hp=l18
05/26/2014 8:56AM
Eric Holder Tried to Find a Way to ARREST Tea Party Leaders.
The Washington Examiner that the Justice Department was actively involved in the targeting and worked with disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner to find ways to criminally prosecute nonprofit groups. House Oversight Committee Chair Darrel Issa and subcommittee chair Jim Jordan are now requesting an interview with Jack Smith, head of the DOJ Public Integrity Unit, who appears to have been in contact with Lerner. Democrats were upset over the Citizens United decision because they thought it gave corporations and conservatives too much political speech, when it reality it leveled the playing field between conservative groups and the unions and liberal nonprofits that previously had dominated the political speech and ‘social welfare’ arena. Holder is a racist thug along with his boss Obama. http://www.capitalisminstitute.org/eric-holder-criminal-arrests/
05/26/2014 8:59AM
Perhaps in time out side will regain full power and we can abuse liberals ...
take away their rights and threaten them with punishment if they dare to disagree ... Democrats are opening a door to a room they may find filled with all manner of horrors awaiting them ... we have more class than DemWITS, but it would be sweet to make these àssholes suffer. Hate begets hate. and Democrats wrote the book on HATE.
05/26/2014 9:14AM
The new Memorial Day.
The politically correct version of Memorial Day (if the left had their way) would be to honor all those fallen heroes in the gay community that contracted AIDS at the Gay Pride Day Sex Romps. Yes, heroes all, willing to insert their condom-free pénis into another man or boy’s rectum for the great cause of homosexual rights. The President would lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown drag queen. Hang in their liberals you may yet change Memorial Day.
05/26/2014 9:58AM
VA turns to private hospitals for help...
Yep, that government run health care is utopia ... LOL ... poor Scooter he believes Obama. HA!
05/26/2014 1:30PM
The Idea
That you have "more class" than most people of either political stripe is laughable given your long track record of obscene and hateful posts. Thanks for the laugh.
05/26/2014 6:09PM
troops
Have a right to competent leadership of which they are not getting
05/26/2014 8:15PM
Looks like to rectum boy (the idea) is back .... LOL.
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05/26/2014 8:17PM
Scooter and Rectum Boy want VA health care for all ... LOL
The American Legion says the VA scandal has left a “black eye” for veterans this Memorial Day. http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/05/25/american-legion-va-scandal-leaving-black-eye-for-vets-for-memorial-day/
05/26/2014 8:20PM
Mexican man, once world's heaviest, dies at 48 ...
Manuel Uribe had slimmed down to about 867 pounds (394 kilograms), well below his then-record peak weight of 1,230 pounds (560 kilograms), which was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record. Not a lot folks could volunteer to be pallbearers. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_OBIT_HALF_TON_MAN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-05-26-14-46-43
05/26/2014 8:29PM
Too funny and sad ..
You leftist clowns are such pussiés. Obama is doing damage to real people with his policies and abusing his power to harm those he hates and you limp diçks freak out over a bit harmless fun. What a bunch of victims you are. Thank God we already won WWII. Could have never done it with you and your impuissant president. LOL.
05/26/2014 9:44PM
Dude keep it up.
You do a great job of exposing liberals in a humorous way. Liberals make whoopee over abortion, poverty, high debt and taxes, incompetence, and give awards to athletes simply for being gay. Their talking heads call conservatives racist, whorés and çunts and mock Down syndrome children. The terrible truth about what the Democrat Party has become certainly is upsetting when unveiled through comicalness.
05/26/2014 11:52PM
Gov. Jerry Brown's budget ...
CALIFORNIA, where Gov. Jerry Brown's budget projected additional spending on his state's version of Medicaid, is among the states confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of a surge in enrollment under the federal health care law ... and this dumbàss supports Obama putting an additional 20 million Mexicans on ObamaCare .... Democrats are STUPID.
05/27/2014 12:10AM
sterling spotted with solange
they were in New Orleans to visit the museums. In tow were jayz and Sterlings ex wife
05/27/2014 3:48PM
Joe The Dumb Plumber
insulting victims! good going, you classless idiot. "I am sorry you lost your child. I myself have a son and daughter and the one thing I never want to go through, is what you are going through now. But: As harsh as this sounds -- your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights," Wurzelbacher wrote. Wurzelbacher acknowledged his comments are "harsh" but claimed pro-gun control activists "don't care about your family or your dead children at all." "They sound like they do, whereas I sound uncaring and like I say, harsh," Wurzelbacher wrote. "Don’t be fooled – I care about your family and mine. The future of our very liberty lies in the balance of this fight."
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