Here we have a combination of: 1) the continuous and ongoing abridgment of the constitution; 2) there never having been a constitutional law passed since 1812 and 3) the pussyfication of America.
Even the People’s Republic of Texas has a “verbal threat” law–no physical violence needed. Just holler loud at the worm. What a crock! It is so silly (and down right UN-constitutional) that it will surely eventually be legally challenged.
This is in the same category as victimless crimes (prostitution, drugs, gambling, et al) which are not “crimes” at all. Show me the blood and I will show you a crime. “Hurtful words” don’t count for nothing. — jtl, 419
Madison insisted upon referring to speech as the freedom of speech, not for linguistic or stylistic reasons, but to reflect its pre-political existence. Stated differently, according to Madison — who drafted the Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights — because the freedom of speech pre-existed the government, it does not have its origins in government. The use of the article the reflects that pre-existence. (emphasis is mine)The First Amendment also reflects the framers’ collective belief that the freedom of speech is a natural right. It has its origins in our human nature. We all yearn to speak free from restraint, and we all understand that we can use our speech to express any idea we want to express without fear or hesitation. Those yearnings and understandings are universal — hence, natural. (emphasis is mine)
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