“The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” Plato

  • Daily Quote:

    "Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit."

    Mahatma Gandh

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 91 other followers

  • Subscribe

  • Advertisements

Posts Tagged ‘Free Speech’

Attack on Constitution’s First Amendment

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 21, 2017

The U.S. Constitution is a remarkable document, including the United States’ supreme law. The Constitution initially paved the way for 13 diverse colonies to come together and form a Federation by preserving rights of each colony (state). Its fair and stable legal platform played a huge role in the Country’s success.

Amending the Constitution was purposely made difficult to inhibit changes made on the political whims of populists. Amendments require the calling of a Constitutional Convention or two thirds supermajorities in both houses of Congress. Still, the Constitution has been amended 27 times by Congress, including the pivotal Bill of Rights with its 10 amendments made in 1791.

The First Amendment under the Bill of Rights states:bill-of-rights

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The First Amendment, free speech has come under attack in recent years through the use of political correctness with its social pressures. More recently, some on the Left have been more transparent in efforts to inhibit speech with increased ferocity since Donald Trump’s election.

This Blogger recently discussed the First Amendment with a slightly left-of-center acquaintance who would curtail speech in the name of public safety. In justifying the control of speech, he used the example of crying fire in a crowded movie theater and its risk of creating injury. He equates this example to those who take an anti-illegal immigrant philosophy in America, believing that it leads to attacks on immigrants or aliens. This author believes the comparison is a canard used to curtail the discussion of disagreeable ideas.

Inhibiting free speech, either through social pressures or the legal system, is a slippery slope traveled in the past. McCarthyism was a hammer used by the Right to inhibit the speech of liberals in the 1950s. A similar tactic is now in vogue by the Left, but for a different political agenda. For those who dare to discuss immigration policy, religion security issues, sexual mores, or social benefits, for example, are microphone labeled bigots, homophobic, Islamaphobic, or as Hillary said, “deplorable”.

The key issue with any attack on free speech should be how do we choose who gets to determine what constitutes calling the fire in a theater? Should the curtailing be to the benefit of ones’ political views, they are more likely to agree with the First Amendment attack. However, sooner or later the opposing side gains power and that is why the slippery-slope should concern all, irrespective of political views.

In a relevant example, a few years ago Harry Reid used the nuclear option in the Senate to allow Democrats to use a simple majority to get Obama appointments approved quickly. Previously this required a 60-vote Senate majority. Reid justified this drastic action claiming the Republicans to be the “party of no”, inferring that the step was required to keep government moving. Obama and fellow Liberals were all too happy to go along, irrespective of future consequences. Now, Trump and the Republicans have the use the nuclear option and the Democrats are screaming.

The Senate’s 60 vote requirement was created to make political appointments bipartisan, not easy. Similar to the Second Amendment, this rule had the long-term good of the Country behind it, with the goal of further legitimizing presidential power. The nuclear option has increased polarization and the divide in the Country and government. Instead of looking to Reid’s or Obama’s role in increasing political divisiveness, Trump is demonized for appointments.

Americans on the Left and Right would do well to look at the Constitution is a set of laws created to protect the long-term interest of all. Those that would mold it to fit their short-term agendas do so at the peril of their own future rights.


Posted in Constitution | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Leftists Attack Dr. Ben Carson

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 2, 2013

The fascist side of Leftists continues showing its teeth through political correctness and outright squelching of speech that involves opposing opinions.  The most vicious attack from the Left against free speech is specifically targeted to two groups; women and African-Americans.  Both of these segments of the American society are significant supporters of Progressive agendas.  Therefore, the Left especially fears dissent from within either group as it could erode their base of power.

Dr. Ben Carson, a world-renowned surgeon and philanthropist, is now on the receiving end of Leftist vitriol.  Not surprisingly, since obtaining national stature for stating his traditional views, Carson is on the receiving end of attacks from the Left and especially from its members within the African-American community.  Typical of these attacks, he has been accused of being an Uncle Tom for daring suggest opposing solutions for Progressive government and its encroachment on society.  These attacks not only are grossly unfair to Dr. Carson, but also allow the Left to avoid discussion on the logic of Carson’s positions.

Earlier this week a discussion/debate was held on Fox News’ “Hannity” demonstrating the vitriol and illogic of the Left’s position on dissent from African-Americans.  Representing a conservative position from an African-American was Niger Innis, national spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality.  Justifying attacks on the Left was African-American attorney Leo Terrell with a video clip posted below.  The outrageous position expressed by Terrel says should scare anyone who believes in free speech and free thought.


Posted in Political Correctness | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

New York Muslim Parade Turns Into anti-American and Anti-Semitic Rant

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 26, 2012

This past weekend the New York Muslim Day parade was held in Manhattan.  At the request of its organizers, New York Democratic State Sen. Tom Trento agreed to be the parade’s marshal.  At the end of the parade Muslim dignitaries offered speeches that included anti-American and anti-Semitic rants.

A female speaker offered the following in her speech:  “We have the unborn martyrs in our wombs and drop bombs in here because all that we blow up is minds in the minefields.  They (Palestinians) resonate in refugee camps and housed by Zionists Nazis”. There is no attempt to hide this anti-Semitism.  Why should she given the audience’s proclivity toward such racism?

A New York Imam said: “The freedom of speak and freedom of rights our problem starts.  So, I would like to demand United Nations to make an international law that would criminalize blasphemy.  I again demand to the United Nations and this platform please make an international law for the protection of honor of our beloved prophet”.  There is a growing call within the international Muslim community that is also finding its way into America’s Muslim community to curtail freedom of speech and to circumvent the U.S. Constitution.  This is a very dangerous and slippery slope that demands immediate pushback by all Americans, especially from the President of the United States.

To his credit, State Sen. Trento was appalled by the speeches.  He appropriately got up in the middle the speech and left the stage, as shown in the video below.  More politicians need Trento’s backbone.

National politicians often profess the peaceful intentions from the Muslim community.  While true of many individual Muslims, it is not borne out in their public pronouncements or gatherings.  The acquiescence of New York City’s Muslim community to the hate speech that was allowed to be part of their parade is telling.


Posted in Radical Islam | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Obama Signs Law Limiting Free Speech

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 13, 2012

Lee from New Jersey sent in this gem this morning about a recently enacted law has received little press.  The law makes it a felony for protesters right to free speech when Secret Service personnel are in the vicinity.

While Barack Obama signed the law, it had the support of both political parties.  It is further proof that the ruling class in Washington is focused on maintaining power, not on protecting the Constitution.

Posted in Constitution, Government Ineptness | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

FBI’s Actions Challenges Free Speech

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 11, 2010

Too much publicity has been given to Reverend Terry Jones who previously announced, but subsequently canceled, plans to burn a copy of the Koran.  It is only a wacho preacher announcing an outrageous act.  Why all the publicity for a man whose flock only includes a handful of people?  Why did President Obama add to his publicity?

The Leftist press gave the Jones’ matter more publicity than it deserved in order to push the narrative that those on the Right have radical views and are dangerous.  No, the Reverend Jones story is more straight-forward.  He’s just a loon looking for the publicity he ultimately obtained.  Had the press ignored this small man, the issue would have been buried along with the hundreds of other daily stories about irrelevant people.

The Jones’ story invoked the expected response from some Muslim communities; protest and threats.  The threats of violence were echoed by some in the Obama Administration, including General Petraeus.  Like the implicit threats made by Ground-Zero mosque Imam Rauf should he move the planned mosque, anything that disturbs Muslims raises the potential for a violent response.  It should be evident by now that appeasing these threats only increase the likelihood of future threats and violence.

There is an important sub-plot to the Reverend Jones story that deserved more press that it received.  CBS reported that FBI agents last week visited this minister in Florida.  Why?  The burning of any book, no matter how outrageous, is a Constitutional right in America.  The Obama Administration and FBI have no right to investigate such matter and their overreach should be of concern to all Americans.

Not since the Nixon Administration have we seen the executive branch abuse its Constitutional powers to the extent of President Obama.  The November election cannot come soon enough.

Posted in Constitution, Governmental Intervention, Islam | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »