Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ben Shapiro and the Flag Burning Amendment

Ben Shapiro supports the Anti Flag Burning Amendment. And thank goodness. You can't turn around these days without seeing a Flag being burned.

What's particularly Fascist about Shapiro's support of the flag burning amendment is young Ben's arguments as to why Flag Burning isn't protected political speech.
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech. It protects political speech designed to contribute to the political debate. As James Madison and Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Virginia Resolution of 1798, "[the] right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon … [has] been justly deemed … the only effectual guardian of every other right."

Not all expression or speech contributes to the political debate. That is why the First Amendment does not protect flag burning, just as it does not protect lap dances, sodomy, public nudity or child pornography. All of these may be labeled "expressive speech." All of them would land you in jail for most of our history.
I like the way young Ben drops sodomy in there just to remind you how much he hates gays.

But the overall point is clearly fascist, and as a Blog-O-Fascist, I'm all for it. Only speech that contributes to the political debate should be allowed. Since I can't see that the speech of Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh or, well, Ben Shaprio contributes to the political debate, their speech should be eliminated.

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