free speech and methods of debate

Ann Coulter, in It’s Only Funny Until Someone Loses a Pie (05ap14) talks about the recent spate of pie throwing. Perhaps the most telling part of the story is not that the left argues with aggression and violence but rather that such behavior is not held to consequence.

Then on March 19, all charges were dismissed against the “Deliverance” boys – including a felony charge for $3,000 worth of damage to school property. Inexplicably, this outcome did not instantly lead to widespread rioting and looting in South Central Los Angeles.

Democrat Barbara LaWall is the Pima County attorney who allowed the liberal debate champions to walk. LaWall brags on her website about “holding criminals accountable.” She didn’t say anything about liberals, however. Be forewarned, conservatives: Do not expect the law to protect you in Pima County.

when conservative speakers are physically attacked on college campuses, university administrators ignore the attacks, Democrat prosecutors somehow manage to get the charges dismissed, and Democrat flacks like Chait and Krugman pretend they missed the news that day.

This lack of consequences may be why there are web sites selling T shirts suggesting a Republican leader commit suicide, an artist with a display suggesting assasination, or Democrat leaders rationalizing views with false and misleading presumption or questionable allegation.

It may be that there is consequence – the Demoncrats have been loosing at the ballot box for a while. But that is a slow consequence. Stupid or illegal behavior needs an appropriate immediate consequence. People need to be held to account for their behavior, even when it comes to an expression of their views.

There are ways to change things. In the U.S. this is supposed to be via reasoned debate and the will of the majority as expressed through their representatives. What we are seeing now is the use of unreasoned debate, the castigation of the expression of the populace at the ballot box, and an attempt to stymie the voice of the majority with allegation, innuendo, obfuscation, fraud, aggression, and political machination. It is the kind of thing that leads to confrontation and not resolution.

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