Daily Archives: September 14, 2017
|(Natural News) Just as most of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when the planes flew into the Twin Towers in New York City in 2001, we can likely clearly remember the shock and horror we felt when watching Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. That film – which…|
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The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement claimed Monday on MSNBC that hate speech is not protected under the U.S. Constitution.
Host Katy Tur asked Dignity and Power Now founder Patrisse Cullors about President Donald Trump’s initial statement on the violence from white supremacists at a Charlottesville, Va. rally, which appeared to equate the neo-Nazis with the counter-protesters.
“Draw a distinction for me, if you will,” Tur asked Cullors, who first spread the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
“I think what is important at this moment is white nationalists are actually fighting to take away people’s rights,” she responded. “Black Lives Matter and groups like Black Lives Matter are fighting for equality.”
“Hate speech, which is what we’re seeing coming out of white nationalists groups, is not protected under the First Amendment rights,” she continued.
Cullors is incorrect. Under existing Supreme Court precedent, the U.S. government cannot sanction or ban speech simply because it is hateful or unpopular.
That principle was most recently upheld in June in the case of Matal v. Tam, when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the government cannot deny trademarks to brand names it finds offensive.
Read more at The Free Beacon…
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In the wake of last weekend’s violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which resulted in three deaths and dozens of injuries, Dana Loesch has set the record straight on identity politics.
“I want to make something incredibly clear,” explained Dana on her Facebook page. “The alt-right is NOT conservative. … It is an identity politics movement. It is based in identity politics just like ‘Black Lives Matter’ is based in identity politics, just like Antifa is based in identity politics. ”
Dana continued on “Dana” today saying, “Alt-right is antithetical to conservatism.” She went on to explain that alt-right shares the same values and belief sets as Antifa and other political groups such as neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan that “look at identity over the animating principles of freedom.”
“Can we stop making everything about right and left, left and right?” asked Dana. “Either you are for individual freedom, either you are for liberty and you believe in the Constitution, or you don’t. There are no sides.”
Read more and watch the video at The Blaze…
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The violence in Charlottesville reveals not who we are as Americans, but who we might become if we allow radicalism and totalitarianism to become normalized. In America today, that possibility is most likely to come, not from the radical Right, but from the Left.
To understand this trajectory, we need to know who the players were in this weekend’s violence. Those behind the protest and the counter-protest were not average Americans, but two extremist groups: anti-fascists (Antifas) on the Left (the counter-protestors) and white supremacist nationalists on the Right (the protesters).
With the contentious campaign and election of Donald Trump, Antifa exploded onto the scene, along with its counterpart, the neo-Nazis. The radical Right—a tiny but despicable group—saw in Trump’s America First agenda an opportunity for legitimization.
Despite Trump and his supporters condemning racism, the Left characterized everyone who supported him as “the radical Right.” Loose and even unwanted associations were seen as blood alliances. Never mind that grandma, who wants better border control and loves Trump because he stands for American interests, has nothing to do with a neo-Nazi thug. She and everyone wearing a MAGA red hat have been deemed white supremacists and racists by the Left.
Antifa’s violence is closely connected to leftist labeling of Republicans—an important point politicians, thought leaders, and the media need to take seriously. Going back to the 1960s when conservatives were called Nazis for supporting law and order, the label of racist has been a club Democrats have used to beat Republicans into submission. If you’re for border control, you’re a racist. If you oppose affirmative action, you’re a racist. If you want greater opposition to radical Islam, you’re a racist. If you don’t believe there’s institutionalized racism in America, you’re a racist. Basically, if you don’t agree with Democrats, you’re a racist.
Read more at The Federalist…
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