Be sure to read update at the end of the post.
This is a special message to Emma Sullivan of Kansas City. Stick to your guns! You have no reason to apologize to Governor Sam Brownback for tweeting that he sucks during your Youth in Government program. In fact, his staff should apologize to you for colluding with your principal in an effort to get you to apologize for exercising your first amendment rights. And, if your principal, Karl R. Krawitz, persists in his demands that you write the letter of apology that he has outlined for you, you should demand that he take an adult education course on the United States Constitution because if he’s fuzzy on the very first amendment, he probably doesn’t have a great grasp on the ones that follow.
Now, having said all that, if you violated school rules by tweeting during a school sanctioned event, then you are subject to punishment for the act of tweeting, but not for what you tweeted. You should be honorable and take the punishment for that without argument. But absolutely do not apologize to the governor for what you said. It’s true what you wrote was disrespectful, but you have a constitutional right to be disrespectful. Elected officials aren’t to be worshipped or coddled. They are to be pushed and criticized and jerked around by their constituents to keep them from becoming complacent and corrupt. If they’re in politics for the praise, they’re in it for themselves, and we don’t need those types of people holding any kind of elected office.
To Governor Brownback – Grow a pair. You’re a politician who is supposed to serve the people of your state. You should be battled trained and ready for any kind of criticism that comes your way from opposing politicians. If you balk at a single derisive tweet from a teenager, then I have serious doubts you have the sack to do the hard work for the citizens of Kansas. You might want to find a new line of work.
For those of you who missed the story, here’s a link to an article on Yahoo News: Teen tweeter won’t apologize to Kan. governor
UPDATE: I’ve just been told the governor actually apologized to Emma. Good on you, Governor Brownback. At least you respect the constitution.