DEAR GOVERNOR BROWN: CALL OUT THE NATIONAL GUARD

PROTECT THE SPEECH. . . . YOURS COULD BE NEXT

CHAFFETZ IS A QUITTER (THANK GOD)

Before I comment on the Speech Clause, I must mention Chaffetz’s announcements that he will not seek reelection in 2018 and may not complete his current term, most likely disappointing 209,589 voters in the gerrymandered Third Congressional District, Speaker Ryan and, of course, Trump who was relying on Chaffetz not to do his job as Chair of the House Oversight Committee. Knowing the connection between the Chaffetz Embarrassment and my decision to blog, a colleague asked if I would cease and desist now that Chaffetz is a quitter.

THE SPEECH CLAUSE: LISTEN. . . . SPEAK. . . . BE HEARD. . . . REPEAT

WHETHER THE SPEECH OFFENDS IS NOT THE ISSUE

WHETHER GOVERNMENT CAN (OR CAN BE USED TO) SUPPRESS OR CENSOR THE SPEECH IS THE ISSUE

UC Berkeley has become the most recent ground zero for First Amendment intolerance, despite that University’s storied history of peaceful activism, albeit left of center. Two groups invited Ann C (C stands for Coulter) to speak at the University, the Young America’s Foundation and the University’s Young Republicans. The University canceled the speech based on a claim of “very specific intelligence” that Ms. C might be in “grave danger.” The University was pressured into changing its position, offering to allow Ms. C to speak at a time when fewer students will be around to hear her. The student groups are threatening to sue claiming the time, place and manner restrictions on her speech violated fundamental constitutional principles.

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