Ever since the trail-blazing career of Lenny Bruce, comedians have been among those who lean very heavily on the Bill of Rights in general and the First Amendment in particular. Iconic TV variety show host Tommy Smothers, pictured, is one of several supporting an effort by MyBillofRights.org to create the first-ever Bill of Rights Monument in Arizona.
The Bill Of Rights Monument Project is holding a concert – namely The Bill Of Rights Comedy Concert – featuring Smothers and Lewis Black, Chris Bliss, Bill Engvall, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dick Gregory, Kathleen Madigan, Tommy Smothers, Steven Wright, and musicians Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat.
The event is scheduled to be held in Phoenix on 5/13/12.
“I am doing this because from what I have seen in the news from time to time, it seems that some of the folks in Arizona, and the rest of America, need a little bit of a reminder of what our founding fathers really said. Because those words in The Bill of Rights are important,” Lewis Black said. “And it’s going to be nice to see the cornerstone of our democracy on real stone. It also seems like a good idea to put this monument someplace prominent like the state capitol, where the politicians can go read it again when necessary.”
“The Bill of Rights is the most powerful and successful assertion of individual rights and liberties ever written, one of history’s most important and influential documents,” said MyBillofRights.org Executive Director Chris Bliss. “It’s also the reason my fellow comedians and I get to have so much fun making a great living, so what better way to introduce this monument project to the people of Arizona than with a blockbuster comedy concert?”
RBR-TVBR observation: Preservation of and adherence to the provisions of the Bill of Rights is an existential matter for media companies, RBR-TVBR included. People may not like what Rush Limbaugh, Bill Maher and many others have said recently, but they should all be head-over-heels in love with the fact that they were allowed to say whatever it was that they said.