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Sometimes Speech Is Ugly


 


 

In 1775, Patrick Henry gave one of the greatest – if not the greatest – speech in American history. The problem was that it was also seditious, traitorous and downright objectionable – if you happen to be a Loyalist. It reminds us of the precious care with which we hold the freedom to speak our minds.  

In England – the Mother Country – a man is convicted for teaching his girlfriends dog to give a Nazi salute. In the United States, people with a specific view are told that they are not welcome at an event.

Related events?

Is Social Media trying to cull conservative voices?

Why does it matter?

In all of the world and in all of history, it is the 1st Amendment that guarantees that the Government cannot interfere with the freedom of speech.


In a look at the lighter side of things, an Astronomer discovers a “new” planet. And an Olympia man discovers that “dope is better in Tacoma.” Except that there are also paratroopers coming to get you…

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Constitution Thursday – An Odd Argument



The 2nd Circuit Court ruled this past week that citizens united (yes, that Citizen’s United) must turn over its donor lists to the Attorney General of the State of New York.

Citizen’s United had argued that donations to the organization represented anonymous political speech, and therefore the state had no reason to have a law requiring that they turn these lists over to them. The state argued that such information is necessary to prevent fraud by non-profits and donors seeking to influence the politics of the State. Read the rest of this entry

Constitution Thursday – Articles of Faith



It is almost an Article of faith among Conservative Right political folk – the Courts are stacked with liberal activist Judges who will always overturn the will of the Voters. Don’t believe me? Well… this week the Godfather of conservative Talk Radio said pretty much exactly that.

The problem is, of course, that Articles of Faith are usually – okay, always – based in confirmation bias. That is to say that they are based only upon things that tend to support the statement. events or things that tend to disprove the Article of Faith are generally ignored or dismissed.

When it comes to the Constitution, this is especially true. Conservatives believe that Activist Judges are upending the whole thing, while Progressives believe that the Judges aren’t activist enough. Which more or less means that the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Since I am on the political Right, I prefer to look at things that challenge my own position and thinking. When it comes to the perception of Judges destroying America, there’s no place better to start than the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco.

So let’s go there and take up the case of a Roseville Police Officer who managed to get herself terminated, for having sex, with a fellow Officer…

The Administrative Protection Act


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