Friday, April 21, 2017
Left-Wing Hate Speach
Former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean has weighed in on the Ann Coulter/Berkeley controversy. He tweeted, "Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment."
When leftists like Howard Dean say hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment then the first question we should ask is, "What does Howard think is hate speech?" We just went through an entire election cycle in which the left told us every day what hate speech was.
According to the left, hate speech is saying that some illegal immigrants commit crimes. (By the way, the Trump Administration warned nine sanctuary cities today that they had to prove their compliance with federal law or risk losing federal dollars.)
According to the left, hate speech is saying that marriage is between a man and a woman.
According to the left, hate speech is saying that terrorist acts are being committed by radical Islamists.
Just like hate crimes, hate speech is a one-way street. Hate speech is any speech that offends the left.
Little Howard Dean wannabes on university campuses say it is hate speech if you cite research proving that most police officers really are good guys. And of course, flying the Confederate flag is hate speech. But burning an American flag is not.
A mural featuring a decapitated Donald Trump is free expression. Saying the NRA is more dangerous than ISIS is free speech.
But it is hate speech to say we should limit immigration from nations that have large radical Islamic populations. It is not hate speech to say that the flag of Islam will fly over the White House.
My point is simply this: Increasingly the left, including the left-wing media, define mainstream conservative ideas as hate speech.
So don't dismiss the Howard Deans of the world when they tell you that hate speech isn't protected by the First Amendment. They mean it and they mean to shut you up.
One of the reasons the country is so on edge is that at least half of America understands that the other side wants to make it impossible to defend our values.