I feel bad for Prince Harry. I really do. His wife seems awful, and he’s now estranged from his family and stripped of his title. But his latest comment about the First Amendment is, as the British say, bollocks.

After B-rate actress Meghan Markle sunk her claws into the younger prince a few years ago, his star has been steadily falling. This marks a low point.

“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 recently on a podcast called, appropriately enough, “Armchair Expert.” “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 continued.

Bonkers?? Let’s review.

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. It forms the bedrock of our constitutional system of governance, and it’s become the gold standard for free societies around the world.

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We earned the right to institute these protections by defeating the British in one of the greatest military victories in world history. We kicked out Harry’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, George III, because he refused to grant the American colonists their basic God-given freedoms like freedom of speech.

Now, over 200 years later, the United States is the greatest power the world has ever known. It’s more powerful than the British monarchy at its highest point, and it attracts immigrants from all over the world.

In the United Kingdom, by contrast, there is no guarantee of the freedom of the press. The News Media Association reports that the government is constantly threatening to increase regulations on the press, and the “Independent Press Standards Organisation” already regulates press freedoms in the country.

British citizens do not enjoy the same liberties we do, and their country has become increasingly dependent on big-government socialist policies. Taxes, regulation, and the welfare state are all massive, and British citizens are less free, and the country is less powerful as a result.

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Price Harry realizes none of this, of course. Like his great-grandfather, he seems to believe that “elites” like himself should be immune from criticism. Like all monarchs before him, he would rather the people be less free so that he can be more free. He wants to be able to exercise his power without fear of the accountability that the press represents. That’s the only reason anyone would call the First Amendment “bonkers.”

It’s also worth noting that Harry admits that he doesn’t know anything about the First Amendment before proceeding to call it “bonkers.” Why do the elites think that anyone cares about what they think about things that even they themselves admit they know nothing about? And why do they feel compelled to speak about such things? Why couldn’t he have said, “I don’t really feel qualified to speak on that subject, being fairly new to this country, and out of respect for my new home and her citizens”?

If this is the mindset of the British monarchs, they obviously haven’t changed much since George III. Top-down big-government control is their goal, and it’s clearer than ever why We the People rejected that system of governance in 1776.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.