Monday, April 24, 2017

Also "Racketeer"

A lot of people have been mocking Howard Dean for claiming "hate speech" isn't protected speech.  As they should, since "hate speech" is as protected as any other speech.  Dean tried to claim he was referring to the Chaplinsky case, but, as everyone knows, that's about "fighting words," which is not the same thing at all.

But let's look a bit at the case.  It's about a guy named Chaplinsky who called a city official names and was fined for using offensive language in public.  He challenged the law on First Amendment grounds but it was upheld by the Supreme Court.

And what was it he said?  Well, a couple things, but one of things he called the marshal was "a damned fascist."

Got that?  Calling someone a fascist is fighting words, and not protected by freedom of speech.

So, I assume from now on, Howard Dean and all those protesters who don't want certain people to speak on campus will show their respect for the law by no longer calling anyone a fascist.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? This is what you are choosing to complain about.

4:34 PM, April 24, 2017  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

He's probably not a great admirer of Chelsea Clinton, either. Feel better?

I think the antifa movement is in real trouble.

3:07 AM, April 25, 2017  

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