(UnitedVoice.com) – Is there any Constitutional violation that Democratic governors won’t attempt? Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous rights of citizens and churches were stripped away. Only a few people called states out on their misdeeds, and they were labeled as the fringe by the media and Democrats for doing the right thing.
It’s become unfashionable to speak out unless it’s a social justice protest or riot Democratic governors agree with. Therein lies the problem.
In his desire to gain more power, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) just stepped outside of the realm of COVID-19 by signing a controversial bill banning free speech.
While Democratic governors claim their desire was for public safety, Cuomo’s power grabs since March demonstrate that the stripping away of Constitutional liberties is only the beginning of a trend. History has proven time again that once power is taken, it’s rarely relinquished willingly.
Across the country, today’s Democratic Party is demonstrating that it isn’t interested in the US Constitution or preserving it. They are interested in using it for their political agenda when they can, and when it doesn’t fit, they ignore it. If they can take little bits of liberty away at a time, or a whole swath during a pandemic as an excuse, they will fulfill Barack Obama’s 2008 vision of “fundamentally transforming” America into their likeness and image.
Subjective Bill Bans Sale and Display of “Symbols of Hate”
The controversial bill’s stated purpose is to “prohibit the State of New York from selling or displaying symbols of hate.” It specifically bans the sale of Confederate Flags. Unfortunately, it is riddled with problems. For one, it’s highly subjective. The law, as written, only allows the sale or display of objectionable items if serves an “educational or historical purpose.” However, what if it serves another purpose, such as social or political? Additionally, one person’s hate speech is another’s rallying cry against all kinds of injustices.
Furthermore, who decides what hate speech is? Today it is the Confederate flag. Tomorrow, could it be anyone who sells a T-shirt or sign that disagrees with public health measures? Or, better yet, what about supporting Donald Trump, whom Democrats unfairly and improperly labeled a racist?
Some Democrats are already claiming that Trump voters and elected officials who supported President Trump should be punished in some measure. It’s not difficult to see how a bill like this could be abused to further such malicious intent.
Supreme Court Rulings Affirm Law Is Unconstitutional
In 2016, the US Supreme Court ruled against disparagement laws in Matal v. Tam. Justice Samuel Alito wrote, “Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”
Free Societies Value Free Speech
Not only does the New York law violate free speech, which Gov. Cuomo acknowledges, but the governor and politicians should also be advocating for defending speech they find offensive. That’s the true support of free speech.
However, we live in a time when Democratic governors believe it’s okay to allow big-box retailers to run nearly unimpeded while clamping down on churches, destroying livelihoods by closing restaurants and businesses they deem unessential. Should we expect more from them when they move to restrict other Constitutional rights?
Now more than ever, the Constitution and protectors in the courts are the saving grace the founding fathers intended them to be.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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