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Archive for March, 2015

Is Racist Speech Free?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 13, 2015

As Rush and others have pointed out, rappers can use racist language as bad or worse than the idiot frat boys at U of O and get rich doing it. The 1st Amendment guarantees free speech with very few limits (can’t yell “Fire” in a crowded theater if there is no fire). Painful as it is, racist speech is protected speech as is speech and protests opposing such speech. We have the 1st Amendment not just to allow people to speak their mind but to keep the government or any other entity from impinging on that right.

When I posted the above on Facebook, I received the following comment: ” Anyone can ‘speak their mind’ but must be willing to ‘bear the consequences.’ Legality has nothing to do with morality or kindness or empathy.” I agree but if the “consequences” in and of themselves go beyond counter speech into legal repercussions, care must be taken to not to violate the 1st Amendment. See:…/


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Republican Senator’s Treason?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 13, 2015

47 Republican Senators commit treason! Oh please, get serious. If their open letter to Iran is treason then so is Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria that undermined U.S. policy to isolate Assad. As is “Baghdad“ Jim McDermott’s travels to Iraq just when the U.S. was pressuring Saddam to allow unrestricted inspections for WMDs. Then there were numerous Democrat members of Congress falling all over themselves going to Nicaragua supporting the, dare I use the word, Communist government over the U.S. favored rebels. Teddy Kennedy, Harry Reid, John Kerry and others of their ilk never shied away from publicly criticizing Republican president’s foreign policy, and yes, it is not unheard of to have Republicans return the favor when a Democrat holds the White House. It’s politics folks so object all you want but tone down the rhetoric.

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