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Friday, November 1, 2019

The Free Speech-Hating Politician

    It's ironic and sad that the people we elect to protect free speech often hate it the most. Politicians hate it because it's hard to control an electorate that can speak freely. To a politician, so-called "hate speech" is simply speech they don't like. Criminal law has always restricted what we can do, now some of our more fascist oriented politicians are determined to also restrict what we can say. If the people in power can control speech, they can control us. The best we can hope for regarding this frightening trend is that a lot of these politicians are simply pandering hacks who are not very bright. And beyond that, we have the U.S. Constitution.

     In May 2019, a Massachusetts state legislator named Daniel J. Hunt introduced a bill titled "An Act Regarding the Use of Offensive Words." (Italics mine.) Mr. Hunt's proposed criminal law reads: "A person who uses the word 'bitch' directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person." At first blush one might think this is a joke, or another example of fake news. Unfortunately, it is neither.

     Under Mr. Hunt's bill, if a victim of this outlandishly unconstitutional law can produce a witness who overheard the outlawed word uttered with intent to, let's say, annoy, the perpetrator with the criminal tongue will be fined $150.

     If the word "bitch" comes flying out of the convicted word criminal's mouth again, and annoys the same person, the S.O.B. can be sentenced to up to six months in jail. (So much for the push to empty our jails and prisons of nonviolent offenders.)

     If free speech-hating politicians get control of our government, they certainly won't stop with the word "bitch." Hell no. Americans will go to jail for uttering thousands of other words such as "bastard," "fat," "crazy," "stupid," and "ugly." Uttering some of my favorite words, particularly with regard to describing politicians, words such as "asshole," "moron," and "hack," will certainly be outlawed and may even be classified as felonies. We may have to build more prisons to house these felony annoyance perpetrators.

     

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