Free speech: You’re doing it wrong

Via Video: Liberals Love Free Speech Like Fish Love Bicycles | Verum Serum — Here are the stats on what the book lovers wanted banned:

Yep, they find Palin, Beck and Coulter worse than Hitler.


Free speech and video games

Stan got me thinking about recent Supreme Court case about free speech and video games in his post about Free Speech.  For the record, I’m certainly opposed to these violent video games.

Briefly, the story is that the Supreme Court has struck down a California law that made it a crime to sell violent video games to children. It wasn’t even a close vote. The court ruled 7:2. The court made a stunning decision: Make parents responsible for their children. Is there any doubt that our court system (and the nation that supports it) has lost its mind?

This comment will probably reveal that I’m not a lawyer, but doesn’t the 1st Amendment specifically say that “Congress shall make no law . . .” and not “the States . . .?'”  Also, wouldn’t this get in the way of the 10th Amendment?

More importantly, I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the headlines noting that the responsibility to regulate this would now fall on parents.  That’s one of the major problems of people looking to government to solve all their problems.  The government solutions are usually counterproductive, but like drinking salt water the people just look to the government to solve even more problems.

This is just another example of the slippery slope of government intervention.  Countless parents have come to expect the government to feed their kids multiple meals per day, even if it means wildly wasteful programs.  But what could be a more basic responsibility of parents than to feed their kids?

Even though I thought the court’s view of this as a 1st Amendment issue was an overreach, I’m glad to see them err on that side.  It may mean we’ll have just a little more time before any criticism of the LGBTQX agenda is considered illegal.

Quote of the week

Via Video: “I’m phobia-phobic” Mark Steyn on Free Speech.  Click the link for more.  Steyn rocks.

. . . if you’re not in favor of free speech you find offensive, repellent and loathsome, you’re not in favor of free speech at all and you’re on the side of creeping totalitarianism.

He cited a bizarre example in the U.K., where an moderate Muslim was charged with hate speech for saying that Islam considers homosexual behavior to be sinful and a pro-gay group was charged as well for criticizing Islam for the same reason.  But they both said the same thing: Islam opposes homosexual behavior!  This is what you get with the passive-aggressive faux-tolerance of the Left.

You do not have a Constitutional right to never be offended.