Help!!! Conservatives are using the First Amendment to promote their biases!!!!

We are running low on exclamation points here at the Stately Manor and Office Depot is back-ordered. If you can spare a cupful, neighbor, stop on by.  We’ll leave the light on and feed the attack dog.

Your perspicacious Squire has marked up today’s Sunday New York Times (07-01-18) with underlined, yellow-highlighted, and ALL-CAPS comments followed by a string of exclamation points!!!! and at least one profanity!!!! (Soon to be a collector’s edition.)

Right on Page One, upper right corner is a tendentious headline, which itself is rendered in ALL CAPS!!!! 

HOW FREE SPEECH WAS WEAPONIZED BY CONSERVATIVES

RIGHT TURN FOR JUSTICES

First Amendment Cited to Reduce Regulation and Protect Bias

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot! 

Mistake free speech“Weaponized”? Point-blank accusation that nefarious conservatives are using this constitutional protection to “protect bias.” Whose bias? (The New York Times’s bias?) Just as deplorable, “to reduce regulation.” Must have … more regulation! Government regulation of who may speak, when they may speak, and what they may say.

Who regulates? Government regulates. Yes, at the behest of the majority. May we remind the Times that the Bill of Rights protects the rights of individuals, not of the government? That it protects the rights of the minority? That those rights cannot be abridged by the majority? (Now we’re running out of question marks.)

Otherwise our democracy would devolve into two wolves and a sheep voting on what to eat for dinner. The headline on the Page 24 jump is even worse:

How the First Amendment Became a Cudgel Wielded by Conservatives

A “cudgel.” Great Middle English word. Beat it with a stick. “Cudgel” implies victims. Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances feed off victims like Popeye on spinach.

cudgel

You want a cudgel? How about the government’s John Doe II speech raids on private homes? Complete with battering rams.

A ‘more just’ society without free speech

Happily, there is some journalism sprinkled within the article itself. Reporter Adam Liptak quotes free-speech advocate Floyd Abrams, who notes that “Now the progressive community is, at the least, skeptical and sometimes distraught at the level of First Amendment protection …”

But this is what the social justice warriors do. When they can’t win an argument, they try to drown out that argument. Speak up for police in Madison schools, get shouted down. What is distressing is the number of law school professors the NY Times quotes who are opposed to free political speech.

“It’s a mistake to think of free speech as an effective means to accomplish a more just society,” says a law prof at Georgtown U. That’s straight up Vladimir Lenin.

To the contrary, free speech reinforces and amplifies injustice, Catharine A. MacKinnon, a law professor at the University of Michigan. “Once a defense of the powerless, the First Amendment over the last hundred years has mainly become a weapon of the powerful.”

Because the wrong people are speaking. 

miss-really-pissed

“We’re going to need a little muscle here” to shut down speech on U of Missouri campus

Our cudgel — if we may be allowed a politically incorrect thought — should be trained on Elena Kagan. It was that liberal Justice who used the term “weaponizing” in her dissent from Janus v. AFSCME. The court’s conservatives (presumably including swing justice Anthony Kennedy):

… had found a dangerous tool, “turning the First Amendment into a sword.” 

The United States, she said, should brace itself. “Speech is everywhere — a part of every human activity (employment, health care, securities trading, you name it),” she wrote. “For that reason, almost all economic and regulatory policy affects or touches speech. So the majority’s road runs long. And at every stop are black-robed rulers overriding citizens’ choices.”

No, not “black-robed rulers” but guardians of America’s founding documents, protectors of individual rights. Those “citizens’ choices” being over-ridden are laws enacted by the majority that force the minority to parrot state-approved orthodoxy. 

Such as forcing a pro-life pregnancy center to advocate for abortion. (The Becerra case, decided 6-26-18). Forcing a Christian baker to create a bespoke work of edible art against his conscience. (Masterpiece Cakeshop). Forcing a state employee to pay for state legislation with which he disagrees. (Janus.)

The right to dissent, Justice Kagan. Something you better get used to.

Blaska’s Bottom LineThe shame is that our news media, most of it, actively supports the abrogation of individual free speech. (See their complicity in the government’s John Doe II speech raids on private homes. Now THERE was a cudgel!) As long as they enjoy a generous carve-out. Imagine the State of Wisconsin ordering The Capital Times to publish both sides of an issue!

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64 Responses to Help!!! Conservatives are using the First Amendment to promote their biases!!!!

  1. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    The good news is that the far left is in a suicidal death spiral; the better news is if they manage to keep spiraling until November, they’ll drag a lot of run-of-the-mill liberals down with them. Attacks on the First Amendment as merely a tool–sword or cudgel, take your pick) to reinforce the white patriarchy are totally in keeping with the far left’s Leninist ideology. However, thinking of the FA as a weapon isn’t such a bad metaphor; after all, the weapon is merely an instrument–it doesn’t wield itself. If I wield my weapon more skillfully than my opponent (say, in an argument), it means I know the moves (e.g., rhetorical strategies) better and have practiced them more diligently than my opponent. The weapon is available to all–what makes it effective or ineffective is how it’s used. Of course this gets the lefties all red-faced and sputtering because it implies that “marginalized” people have the same access to the protections of the FA as the rest of us. They’d much rather use their own weapons: all-consuming rage at anyone who doesn’t swallow their toxic ideology whole; personal threats, harassment, & intimidation of anyone they perceive as the “enemy”; inflammatory accusations and innuendos designed to erode basic freedoms (which they can count on being faithfully replicated in the MSM)

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  2. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Suicidal death spiral indeed.

    Then WH Chief Of Staff Rahm Emanuel at the 2009 WH Correspondents Dinner:

    “When you think about the 1st Amendment, you think It’s highly overrated.”

    Many a truth is spoken in jest.

    The Gotch

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  3. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Portlandia Antifa Pussy Tries To Get Tough…Gets Shot Of Reality Instead.

    Cannon Fodder!

    The Gotch

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    • Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

      “Why are you so angry and racist?”
      “Uhmm, I’m neither. He tried to hit me with a baton and he wasn’t very good at it. Not good at all, in fact. And if you attack me, I’ll knock you out too. Any questions?”

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Livin’ life in the bike lane eh crotch.

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      • Sarah Smith says:

        @Richard Lesiak – What’s the matter pussy?! Can’t take the truth delivered with a huge dose of in your face sarcasm?

        You are just another baby boomer…insecure about living in the shadow of their parent’s truly being The Greatest Generation. Another dirty free-love hippy who is staring at the abyss of their life and realized they wasted all of it soulless hatred, greed and envy. Instead of changing, it’s easier to castigate others who hold up a mirror.

        Enjoy the void, Rich….and pay your bills, deadbeat.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @Sarah Smith;

          Tell us how youse really feel.

          And don’t expect too much out of @richard lesiak, he’s asked little of life and life’s met his price.

          The Gotch

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        • richard lesiak says:

          Do I owe you money?

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        • richard lesiak says:

          As one of my favorite people, Maxine Waters, once said; “better shoot straight bitch.”

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @richard lesiak;

          “As one of my favorite people, Maxine Waters”

          Well THAT makes perfect sense, you have a core similarity: you’s are both VERY low I.Q. women!

          The Gotch

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        • steve says:

          Hey sarah. Can you restate that without sounding like you are “…staring at the abyss of their life and realized (you) wasted all of it (sic) soulless hatred, greed and envy. Instead of changing, it’s easier to castigate others who hold up a mirror.” I love it when the angry one do what they fulminate against. It is like arguing with yourself.

          Cheers, babe.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          I doubt “Sarah” is really a female. They aren’t usually that numbskull aggressive nor do they call anyone pussy.

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  4. steve says:

    Big sigh…….This seems to be the popular anti-intellectual flavor du jour. Someone above mentioned Rahm saying something against free speech in 2009. I don’t remember that, but if I read it, I probably would have shaken my head and moved on, confident that it was an aberration from an aberration. But, it seems that over the last few months, I keep hearing about repealing the first, how it is anti-democratic(??) and now a cudgel. I am astonished that the whole silliness has some legs now.

    I guest that is what happens when people get their political philosophy from bumper stickers in places like Madison and Manhattan. Another big sigh……

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      “I am astonished that the whole silliness has some legs now.” Really? The far left, for reasons best known to themselves, have decided that it’s time to show their true colors, so we see them running as avowed socialists, attacking free speech, urging their followers to insult, harass, and intimidate anyone they deem unworthy (i.e., anyone who dares voice ideas contrary to their own), calling for the abolition of ICE, etc., etc. Most of them are Dems who are so assured of being elected and/or re-elected that they can say anything with impunity. (Exhibit A: Marc Pocan, the self-styled enfant terrible and card-carrying member of the LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ “community” who knows exactly how to titillate his base: upper-middle class white Madison liberals who think they;re being oh-so-daring by electing some little toad who knows how to feed their insatiable appetite for this sort of hollow grandstanding.) And all of this lunacy is, of course, breathless reported by the MSM. Look at how gaga they went after a “woman of color” and proud socialist unseated an Establishment Democrat. Their latest crusade seems to be to anoint a new “hero” of the left every few days. No wonder this “whole silliness” has legs. Unfortunately, those legs will be knocked out from under them when the mid-terms roll around.

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      • steve says:

        yup really. I never thought we would get to the day where trashing freedom of speech would be a common talking point from people exercising freedom of speech. The illogic seemed to painfully obvious, I even thought that liberals would see it. I gave the benefit of the doubt.

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  5. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. dad29 says:

    MacKinnon?? Her ‘expertise’ is far removed from 1A. May as well find a trust-law prof.

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  7. madisonexpat says:

    The gods of irony are in the ascendant. The NYT who admitted they traded their credibilty for anti President Trump partisanship now have Free Speech backwards.
    There is nothing complex in these two syllables.
    NYT can dish it out but……

    Here is the Left’s free speech:
    ‘Antifa will tell you if you’re a Nazi. Then punch you.
    GAB will tell you how and when to campaign and with whom.
    IRS will tell you if you can petition your government.
    The FBI will oust a president it does not like.
    If you’re not woke you’re a racist so shut up.

    Jordan Peterson is my hero.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      The FBI? You mean the same FBI that blew up Clinton’s campaign? The same bastards who just stopped a terrorist in Cleveland? That’s the same FBI that hates trump? That one?

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      • madisonexpat says:

        No. The one that forgave Hillary the $149M payoff for Uranium One.
        No. The one that passed on prosecuting her for 22 felony violations of highly classified documents because “security is hard for girls.”
        No. The one with 13 angry democrats investigating the president without bias?
        That FBI.
        Trey Gowdy for AG.

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  8. richard lesiak says:

    Congrats to OBRADOR. Mexico finally elected a left-wing president. Won the popular vote by a landslide. And he ain’t payin’ for any fr@##in’ wall either.

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    • Tom Paine says:

      Socialist victory in Mexico………. OMG…….now millions will leave the US for the new UTOPIA, South of our Border (?) Be certain to alert the press. Send John Nichols, too. He should be giddy-drunk that his utopian vision will soon materialize as another lesson to us all —> The superiority of communism.

      However, I am more inclined to think the flow of illegals from the US to Mexico will remain a phantom trickle.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @richard lesiak;

      “Congrats to OBRADOR.”

      Can’t speak from any personal experience, but it sure must be comforting not being burdened by anything resembling a rational thought.

      We’ll start congratulating Mexico when she starts taking care of her poor instead of exporting them to the U. S. ILLEGALLY as future democrat voters.

      Its new Lefty Gubmint? Mark my words, pretty soon we’ll be calling her Venezuela Pequeña.

      The Gotch

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Even the great blond dope sent congrats to the guy. Not in office 24 hours and your already rwnj machine is cranked up. “Can’t speak from any personal experience”. That’s one of the first truthful things you have ever said.

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      • Gary L. Kriewald says:

        “Venezuela Pequena” Catchy! It might even become a cocktail like “Cuba Libre.”

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Walker and his trade missions to Mexico are in for a tough time. Trump’s “easy to win trade war” doesn’t sit well with this new president. Tariffs on Wisconsin corn, soybeans cheese are going to hurt old scooters plans for wooing farmers.

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  9. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    I’m sure our distinguished host would not condone gambling of any sort on his illustrious blogge, but how about taking bets on how long it will take the Madison City Council and/or the Dane County Board to pass a resolution in favor of abolishing ICE? (Frankly, I’m surprised they haven’t already convened an emergency session to do just that.)

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  10. Fred Milverstedt says:

    I’ve said this before (one-track mind) but I wish Lesiak would just go away.
    I never cease to wonder about ‘trolls’, as the word goes; that is, why would anyone with a real life (or something relative) spend as much time as this guy verbally fencing with folks who don’t think anything like he does?
    Last time I mentioned it, he said he was here to provide a counter to the “right-wing echo chamber” in Madison, I replied, that consists of Blaska and Vicki McKenna. These are real threats to the People’s Republic. Keep snapping at their heels, Richard, you’re doing a fine service for the left.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Will do. Thanks

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    • madisonexpat says:

      Lighten up, Fred.
      poor richard is our Wile E. Coyote.

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    • Batman says:

      Fred,
      Richie is a sado-troll who thrives on attention even if degrading. After his wife left him he was and is desperate for any affirmation of his existence. So we here on the Blaska blog tolerate his trolling comments realizing that our responsive pummeling feeds his enormous guilt, ergo we are providing a service.
      He needs this now but hopefully not forever, depending on the skill level of his therapist.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Freddy, pay attention. You’re new around here. Blaska likes the give and take (or at least claims to). This isn’t supposed to be an echo chamber, much as you righties love ‘em. Richard isn’t the only one here to poke you guys in the eye. I just haven’t had the time lately to join in on setting y’all straight, as all y’all (there’s some West Texan dialect for ya) so desperately need.

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  11. madisonexpat says:

    Dear US citizens, the new president of Mexico proclaims every Mexican has a right to ignore US law and migrate illegally.
    pobrecito ricardo agrees. He is a Democrat and his party wants to abolish ICE.
    Raise your hand if you want to vote like pobrecito ricardo.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      How do you view that letter signed by 19 immigration officers who want the agency split up because ICE is making their jobs impossible. They are trying to fight crime and the border security tactics are getting in their way to access info.that they need.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      Mark Pocan raises his hand. Blue Wave Baldwin is still gobbling her answer to CNN.

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  12. Fred Milverstedt says:

    “Lighten up, Fred.
    poor richard is our Wile E. Coyote.”

    Very well. Now I understand. The reference is apt.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Let’s see …gop has the WH, senate, congress and the supreme court. Yet they can’t get anything passed. They hold the majority across the board and can’t re name a post office without tripping over their own feet. It’s time to re-write the Roadrunner…..MEEP MEEP CRASH.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Rinopublicans retiring. Supreme Court getting three? young Constitutionalists Trumps all.
        Meep meep indeed.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      Shhhhh, now watch. Wanna see him fetch a stick?

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Five reporters shot and killed. Maryland asked the trump administration for permission to lower their flags. DENIED. How are you all going to spin this? Why is the paper getting threats of more violence? Oh yeah; the media is the enemy of the country as drumpf has said.

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      • Sprocket says:

        A press that pursues a partisan agenda and cannot be trusted to present facts in a clear and unbiased manner is the enemy of any democratic state. With your disingenuous attempt to conflate the actions of a psycho who had a long history of animosity towards the newspaper and the words of the president, you should consider a career in journalism.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      I wonder how long it will be before Justin Trudeau, Canadian PM and part-time underwear model, finds himself in a similar predicament. So a few months ago a million unvetted “migrants” (proper term: illegal aliens) flooded into Germany and the left went gaga over Merkel’s “generous” and “humane” approach to immigration. Her government’s purposeful turning of a blind eye to crimes committed by these people (including many instances of sexual harassment and rape) wasn’t enough to disguise the disaster of her policies. Now she’s paying the price–part of which is the precipitous rise of right-wing parties (real Nazis!) in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and other European countries. Merkle’s “You’re all welcome here” approach is exactly what Dems in this country are advocating.

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  13. Batman says:

    Coward bob says: “Batty, you’ve really turned into a jerk with these personal insults/slams. Try arguing the merits, if you’re able.”
    When trolls do not proffer anything of merit they are besmirched which is in keeping with the universal rhythm.
    Get used to it troll boy.

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  14. madisonexpat says:

    Hiya ABob. Get moved? Canada? Illinois?
    Seemingly OB is still chasing Stormy Daniels while clutching his dollar bill.

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    • richard lesiak says:

      the real question of why Cohen was chasing her with 130,000 dollar bills. Looks like the “fixer” is becoming the “flipper”.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Ah jeez, Stormy Daniels again. Now OB won’t be seen for another week.

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        • old baldy says:

          Aw, nice to see you missed me, splat. But I have been TDY and wasn’t able to chime in. But things have really deteriorated at the Manor since gotch and zoltar the stupid showed up. So I have better things to do than try to talk sense to their ilk. Or you, for that matter. But I’ll join the fray when needed, as needed.

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  15. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    I urge all the fine Americans who visit this site to read “Fighting Words: When far-right provocateurs descend on campus, how should a university respond?” in the latest (July 2nd) issue of The New Yorker. Unfortunately, the NYer has become as rabidly anti-Trump as CNN, but at least you can count on quality writing no matter what the point-of-view..This article is overall pretty “fair and balanced” (to borrow a phrase) although it does tend to characterize conservative speakers like Milo Yiannopoulo as “provocateurs” whereas if he were a left-winger he’d be anointed with the left’s greatest honorific: “transgressive.” And it endorses a redefinition of free speech that takes into account how certain topics might cause emotional harm (including PTSD, naturally) to minorities, the same bogus rationale that gave us “hate crimes.”

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  16. Batman says:

    baldo wrote:
    “But things have really deteriorated at the Manor since gotch and zoltar the stupid showed up.”

    Way off dude. baby richie and taunting bob are the real culprits. Newcomers Gotch and Zoltar counter punch major smack downs upon these two yahoos in a highly effective creative fashion. Amazingly they lap it up and come back for more.
    Shift your focus to cause instead of effect and you will understand.

    And that’s a wrap!

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