To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, the First Amendment is the last refuge of people who make inane, asinine statements. Recently, there was Bill Cunningham, with his drumbeat, "Barack Hussein Obama, Barack Hussein Obama." Now there is Geraldine Ferraro, with her "If Obama were a white man, he would not be in this position."
Ferraro, like so many others stricken with foot- in-the-mouth disease, invokes her First Amendment right as a shield against the negative reaction to her remarks. This defense has four flaws:
A total misunderstanding of the essence of the First Amendment, which grants the freedom from being thrown in jail by the government for expressing your thoughts. No more, no less.
The implicit assumption that others are denied the same right to freely criticize what you freely said.
The assumption that the right of free speech somehow imparts irrefutable validity to the content of your speech.
It reveals the complete cluelessness on the part of the "victim" as to why what she said is inane, asinine, and offensive.