Change Is the Only Thing You Can Depend On.

by Daniel McNeet on April 18, 2012

Good day, good people.

There is an unconstitutional-legislative and judicial assault on freedom of speech by some states in America.

For devotees of the English language: Elench is a noun. It means a fallacious argument that seems true.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states in part: “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, . . .” The founding fathers knew there was no need to protect popular speech — only offensive and unpopular speech.

There seems to be a conflict growing in our society between freedom of speech and religion. States in the U.S. are passing laws restricting speech and making the violation a crime. They do not want their citizens using language which in the laws’ opinion is discriminatory, against a religion, blasphemous or hateful. The legislators believe misguidedly they are imposing tolerance of pluralism. It is an elench. Actually, they are violating the First Amendment. You cannot change addictive prejudices by legislation, only by reeducation.

Members of the judiciary in states are applying their own rules. If they do not like what someone said to another, they are blaming the one who made the offensive remark. This is unconstitutional. The judges are imposing their standards and not the freedom of speech standard provided by the U.S. Constitution. When one of their incorrect rulings arrives on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court and the court rules against the judge’s decision, I hope it will be a lesson to all the judges whom have gone astray, became activists and have foisted their values on others.

I do agree intolerance (anti-Semitism, bigotry, homomania and racism) in our society is unacceptable behavior. But so is violating the Constitution in order to pander. Is pandering a part of democracy? Pandering is what politicians and judges have in stock.

One of the many good things about the United States is: everyone is entitled to their opinion no matter how ill-founded in fact it may be — it is called freedom of speech and should not be a violation of the law, a crime. Better a person be offended than another prosecuted.

There is an old story about a farmer who found a total stranger plowing in his field.
“Hey!” he shouted. “You can’t plow here, this is my land!”
“Yeah?” said the stranger. “Where’d you get it?”
“From my father!”
“Where’d he get it?”
“From his father!”
“And where’d your grandfather get it?”
“He fought the Indians for it!”
“Okay,” said the stranger. “I’ll fight you for it!”
This is the story of the history of the world.

What is your thought on the affect legislation and state judicial rulings have had on freedom of speech and are having on our society? Are the states’ legislation and judicial rulings elenchs?

Contacting me with comments and constructive criticisms with honesty and pleasantness their constant companions will always be welcomed.

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