Saturday, May 9, 2009

Freedom from Offense?

Well, here's an Orwellian bit of legislation. H.R. 1966 would evidently make offending anyone on the internet a felony. What's wrong with that?

Well, the big problem is that it's in direct opposition to the 1st Amendment. There is no right to freedom from offense. If we're going to go that route, maybe we should just allow Canada to annex us and get it over with.

Nobody seems to get that the 1st Amendment isn't there to protect what we want to hear. Things that don't challenge us don't need protecting. Thus, it exists to protect offensive speech. The stuff that makes you think, even if it's a bit hard to hear.

Eliminate that, and you eliminate real political debate, which I believe is the real goal. 20th Century Progressives like Woodrow Wilson are simply fascists (don't believe it? Check out the Sedition Act of 1918).

A softer approach with a big red heart (or is it a star?) and a smiley on it doesn't change the fact that it's shutting down real freedom of speech.

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