You ever see irony in action? Irony in action is when the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights launches a hotline for people to snitch on “hate speech” on the exact same day that the US Supreme Court hands down a decision that says so called “hate speech” is protected by the first amendment. An excerpt on the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights declares, “In no uncertain terms, hate-motivated speech and actions have no place in Minneapolis nor will they be tolerated.  Activities such as these are against the law. No one is above the law.” (Emphasis added.) Essentially Minneapolis has joined the turdburglers in Europe in that they are attempting to make it against the law to say something that they deem offensive or hateful. Luckily for Americans living in Minneapolis the SCOTUS handed down a decision before the PC Police could jump into action to begin jailing people when they essentially found that even if you find the speech distasteful it is still protected under the first amendment as summarized by the Washington Post below.

[The idea that the government may restrict] speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”

Furthermore, even the left leaning side of the court came down on the side of free speech over tyranny.

A law found to discriminate based on viewpoint is an “egregious form of content discrimination,” which is “presumptively unconstitutional.” … A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society.

The fact that a local community is trying to usurp not only the power to determine what is “hate speech”, but also assume the power to punish citizens for engaging in a constitutionally protected activity should scare the living hell out of every American. With very few (and I mean less than a dozen) exceptions, free speech is an all or nothing proposition. If we begin the process of trying to determine what is acceptable speech and then tying criminal punishment to anyone who violates those definitions, we take the first step down the road to tyranny. Our founders believed so strongly in our rights to speech freely without government prosecution that they enshrined the right to free speech as the very first one. The right to say pretty much anything if it does not directly incite violence on another is first and foremost what makes us Americans. I may despise you as a person, I may hate what you say; but I would die before I would allow the government to censor what you say.

As I just wrote about in “Words with Enemies – Leftist Edition” the push for censoring what we say is about controlling the debate. The Left knows that they are losing in the arena of ideas so it makes sense that they would rely on a strategy of trying to classify anything with which they disagree as “hate speech”. This is a poor strategy as it does not consider the consequences of handing the keys to control speech to a governmental body. After all it is only a matter of time before your group finds itself kicked out of the victim status pyramid and on the wrong side of a governmental censorship law.

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