May 9, 201411:02 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Blaska engages in blatant issue advocacy — the issue being free speech
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Spring is finally here. The indentured servants at the Blaska Experimental Work Farm are harvesting the asparagus, singing simple peasant songs as they work — mainly stadium anthems from Journey, Kansas, and Queen. It is their right as Americans to express themselves, thanks to Judge Randa, so long as their expression does not deny others a right to speak also. (Time, Place, and Manner.)
Yet, is that not what he does on his blog (written under a pseudonym), what I do on my blog, what The New York Times and MSNBC do daily? Advocate for issues?
The Progressive sees “Judicial Hijinks in Effort to Kill Walker Criminal Probe and Destroy Evidence” but finds no irony in citing the First Amendment in defense of a journalist refusing to disclose his sources. (Doing so would restrain the flow of information, is the argument.) You got to wonder if the “evidence” seized in the secret Club for Growth et al. investigation included a pocketbook copy of the Constitution. (Exhibit A.)
Other liberal speakers (exercising their rights) have criticized a federal judge for stopping a state criminal prosecution. But as Judge Randa himself said, the constitutional right of speech trumps all. Schmitz, Chisholm, and the other Javert-like prosecutors were not trying to stop an imminent act of terrorism, break up a heroin ring, ferret out a defrauder of widows, or capture a murderer. Their purpose was to criminalize coordination of speech — in other words, to prevent citizens operating in the political sphere from talking to each other!
Citing two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases, Randa wrote:
… the constitutional rights each citizen possesses that are superior to the operation of government. One of these rights is the First Amendment right to speak freely, which ― has its fullest and most urgent application precisely to the conduct of campaigns for political office. The First Amendment is premised on mistrust of governmental power.
By its involvement in this scandal, the state Government Accountability Board has sealed its fate. The Legislature will attend to GAB soon. It will be reduced to running elections, not regulating campaigns. May freedom ring!
A month ago I asked readers to vote for the Madison opinion leader least likely to come to the defense of free speech. Shown below are the results.