Americans Have the 'Right to Be Stupid' & These 5 Politicians Lead the Way

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Hold the presses! This conservative Republican chick agrees with John Kerry about something. While addressing a group of students in Berlin, the Secretary of State said that in America, “you have a right to be stupid if you want to be.”

That’s completely true. In the land of the free and the home of the brave, we protect people’s right to say the dumbest stuff ever. Thank goodness for our politicians, because sometimes they really should think before they speak.

In honor of John Kerry, here’s a list of some dumb things that our elected officials have said recently:

President Obama said Tuesday, “You can’t do things by yourself.” He was referencing legislation, and how Congress needs to work with their constituents to figure out which issues need addressing, but it came out all wrong. Kind of like “you didn’t build that.”

On the other side of the aisle on the same day, House Speaker John Boehner said that the Senate needs to “get off its ass” and work on a budget. Granted, the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in years, and now there’s this sequestration thing going on ... but come on; he could’ve found a better way to express his frustration.

Colorado Congressman Joe Salazar doesn’t think women should be able to protect themselves if a rapist attacks them. “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles,” he said earlier this month, while addressing gun rights. He continued, “... and you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around, or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop ... pop around at somebody.” Rape whistles? Seriously?

State assemblyman Dov Hikind defended himself Monday: “Of course the intention was not to offend anyone. That’s the last thing that I ever imagined that would happen, to be very honest. It never crossed my mind.” He was talking about a costume party he hosted -- where he wore blackface, an Afro wig, sunglasses, and a jersey as a “black basketball player.” Come on, man. It’s 2013. Get your head out of your you-know-what.

Who can forget Senate candidate Todd Akin and his infamous “legitimate rape” comment? So. Much. Stupid.

Do you think Americans have the right to be stupid and/or say stupid things?


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