King Michael of Wall Street
Ruling by edict seems to be in vogue these days.
No right is absolute and with every right comes responsibilities. The First Amendment gives every New Yorker the right to speak out – but it does not give anyone the right to sleep in a park or otherwise take it over to the exclusion of others – nor does it permit anyone in our society to live outside the law. There is no ambiguity in the law here – the First Amendment protects speech – it does not protect the use of tents and sleeping bags to take over a public space.
Actually, it does.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Although I suppose that only bars Congress from prohibiting that right, not the King of New York.
Thank you King Michael for so perfectly personifying everything that is wrong with the plutocrats running our nation.
(The caption under the picture comes from King John’s seal.)