by John Hawkins | September 15, 2010 12:37 pm
We don’t live under the Constitution in this country anymore. Instead, we have conservative judges who follow the Constitution and liberal judges who take whatever position is currently fashionable on the Left, and then they call that Constitutional law. In other words, justice isn’t blind in this country, it’s random.
If you want a great example of how it works, look at Stephen Breyer’s Koran comments,
During an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer addressed the recent controversy over a Florida pastor’s plan to hold a Quran-burning rally on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, saying he wasn’t convinced the First Amendment would protect such an action if the case were brought to the court in the future.
“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” Breyer told George Stephanopoulos during the GMA interview, referring to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who wrote the opinion in a 1919 Supreme Court decision that addressed Freedom of Speech. “Well, what is it? Why? Because people will be trampled to death. And what is the crowded theater today? What is the being trampled to death?”
So, according to Breyer’s reasoning, can you burn a flag? Sure. It’s protected speech. A Bible? Sure. A Talmud? Yes. Copies of Atlas Shrugged? Yeah, why not?
But, a Koran: No, that might cause the cRaZY mUsLiMs to riot. Can’t have that!
So, what’s next? Wouldn’t cartoons of Muhammad be banned, for example, the same reason? Sure. Showing images of Muhammad on South Park? Yep.
Where to next? Gee, what else are liberals always saying causes violence? Oh yeah, conservative dissent — like the Tea Parties, Rush Limbaugh, and conservatives on the net.
But, how about say, liberals calling conservatives Nazis, greenies who say we need to depopulate the earth, and lefties comparing conservatives to the Taliban? No, those people certainly couldn’t inspire violence!
“Oh, John, this couldn’t happen. It’s crazy!” Except it already is happening in Soviet Cancukistan, where conservative speech is treated as a hate crime by the tolerance fascists on Canada’s Human Rights Commission.
And just think about the dynamic Breyer is creating here: Person A says something, Person B doesn’t agree with it, Person B gets violent, and Person B is rewarded by having that speech censored all across the country.
In other words, if Koran burning were to be declared illegal, people across the country would conclude that the NEXT LOGICAL STEP would be to respond to free speech you don’t like with violence.
That may be the America liberals like Stephen Breyer want to see, but not only is it foolish and shortsighted, it has absolutely nothing to do with the Constitution and everything to do with authoritarian tendencies of liberals to try to shut down speech that they don’t like.
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