Civil Liberties

Sorry But This Isn't 'Free Speech'


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UPDATE: John Feinblatt from Everytown for Gun Safety, says it best in an editorial in the New York Times:

"Plain and simple, public terror is not protected under the Constitution. That has been the case throughout history. And now is the time to look to that history and prohibit open carry, before the next Charlottesville."

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: ACLU will no longer defend hate groups that protest with firearms (The Hill)

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Democracy Ain't Beanbag


Jonathan Chait:

"But the whole premise of democracy is that rules need to be applied in every case without regard to the merit of the underlying cause to which it is attached. If you defend the morality of a tactic against Trump, then you should be prepared to defend its morality against any candidate. Now imagine that right-wing protesters had set out to disrupt Barack Obama’s speeches in 2008. If you’re not okay with that scenario, you should not be okay with protesters doing it to Trump."

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

This isn't whining

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Voter Suppression : Passing Laws without Assessment of Consequences?


How do they get away with it?

What I find amazing is that they're passing these discriminatory voting laws without being obliged to come up with estimates as to how many people will potentially be affected.

If you were to build a new road or bridge -- or repair an old one -- wouldn't there be some estimate prior to passing the bill as to how many people would be affected?

Instead what they do is come out and say "everyone who wants to vote must now have a state id" -- without being obliged to add, "and oh yeah, we estimate that x-number of thousands of our fellow citizens don't currently meet these requirements". That acknowledgement should be part of the legislation.

I mean they probably have the numbers back at the party office.

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Right-to-Work-for-Nothing Bill Passes in Wisc.


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Scott Walker Signs Right-to-Work Bill". Because representation belongs only to those who can afford a lawyer.

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Repeal the 2nd Amendment Now!


The amount of deference given to the gun lobby and its supporters is sickening.

People with guns kill people. People without guns kill less people or none all at. Guns are the problem. Repeal the 2nd Amendment now!

What in the world does the ability to gun someone down have to do with liberty?

The notion that gun ownership has anything to do with freedom is pathetic. Guns don't make freedom, people make freedom.

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Bullies and Thugs


Attacking (from your own safe perch) those who speak truth to power is the very definition of immorality. It undermines one of our most important liberties, namely, the equal protection of the weak and unpopular.

The people doing this are nothing but bullies and thugs.

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What's Your Beef with Liberty?


That's what we've got to ask the lunatics who are constantly pressing the panic/paranoia button.

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Jan Schakowsky on Torture - Defining American Values Up


Jan Schakowsky asks us to avoid the soft bigotry of low expectations when it comes to the values and laws we stand for (from the HuffPost):

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