Leave it to a couple of Texans to flaunt God-given rights in the face of people who either don’t understand or don’t respect the freedoms that come stock as an American citizen. In Prince Harry’s case, he neither understands nor respects the right to free speech, making Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Rep. Dan Crenshaw respond with their brand of humor.
The moment came about because the Duke of Sussex made the comment on Dax Shepard’s podcast that while he and his wife Meghan Markle have settled since leaving the UK, the media “feeding frenzy,” specifically the paparazzi, has been more than he prefers.
This caused him to take stock of America’s first amendment right to free speech, something he considers “bonkers.”
“I don’t want to start sort of going down the First Amendment route because that’s a huge subject and one in which I don’t understand because I’ve only been here a short period of time,” Harry said. “But, you can find a loophole in anything. And you can capitalize or exploit what’s not said rather than uphold what is said.”
“I’ve got so much I want to say about the First Amendment as I sort of understand it, but it is bonkers,” he added.
It probably escapes no one that Harry and his wife brought that media attention down on themselves, but I digress.
Upon seeing Harry look down on the U.S.’s first and arguably most sacred right, Cruz and Crenshaw decided to use their 1A right to respond.
“Nice that he can say that,” said Cruz.
Nice that he can say that. https://t.co/rC9mGUPpEo
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 17, 2021
“Well I just doubled the size of my Independence Day party,” said Crenshaw.
Well I just doubled the size of my Independence Day party. https://t.co/cEIG0XUwZR
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) May 14, 2021
Lesson complete. Short and to the point.
To be as fair as possible, it’s likely very difficult for someone who has never encountered this right to wrap their head around it. When a government has put limits on what you can and can’t say, where you can and can’t gather, and what you can and can’t complain about in the open, a right to free speech may not just be confusing, but seem outright dangerous.
And that’s the point. Free speech makes the average citizen dangerous, specifically to those in power. In fact, the first handful of rights enshrined in the constitution is all about making the average citizen dangerous to those in power. For a guy like Harry whose family has been a hallmark of power for generations, free speech would appear “bonkers.”
But he’s going to have to get used to it. That’s just the way we do it here in the colonies, and his majesty is going to have to get square with the fact that he has no governmental power here. There is no monologuing. Here it’s a dialogue with the average people and we get to say pretty much anything we want without worrying about jail time.
Abortion is murder, taxation is theft, Epstein didn’t kill himself, Meghan Markel is a grifter, AOC is an idiot.