The High Cost of Free Speech

Gov. McCrory is proud of this ad depicting a predator entering a bathroom.

Gov. McCrory is proud of this ad depicting a predator entering a bathroom.

North Carolina, where your kind cannot pee, has another brain fart:

After a video was posted on Facebook Friday showing a group of people following [former NC Gov.McCrory] during a trip to Washington, D.C., for inaugural weekend, chanting “Shame!” and calling him a bigot, Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte says he’ll introduce legislation to protect public officials.

The proposed legislation would “make it a crime to threaten, intimidate, or retaliate against a present or former North Carolina official in the course of, or on account of, the performance of his or her duties,” Bishop said.

…Bishop said such behavior should come with a five-year prison sentence and said he’ll introduce the legislation to make it so in North Carolina, similar to an ordinance in the District of Columbia.


Even in NC, I’m sure a jury would agree that McCrory is a bigot and should be ashamed of himself. It’s why he lost his re-election. Anyway, the First Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

And before you start telling me Congress is not the same thing as a state…

The First Amendment has been interpreted by the Court as applying to the entire federal government even though it is only expressly applicable to Congress. Furthermore, the Court has interpreted, the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as protecting the rights in the First Amendment from interference by state governments. See U.S. Const. amend. XIV.

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4 Responses to The High Cost of Free Speech

  1. swkellogg says:

    Well there are limits on free speech. In this instance it comes down to how you legally define words like threaten, intimidate, or retaliate. Certainly, no public figure can be protected against the exercise of free speech insofar as being called a name, but even assholes have legal protections against death threats, threats of assault, stalking, etc.

    That said, it seems redundant as there are already laws on the books against those kinds of abuses.


  2. roket says:

    Obviously the work of a small government republican.


  3. cat copeland says:

    If such a “law” were to be enacted (ah, free SPEECH) , there’s gonna be a lot of peoples in jail. 5 YRS!!!! OH PLEASE. NC, you did it again!


  4. Dave S says:

    The thing for NC Democrats to keep harping on is, “Oh, so you want a law to enforce POLITICAL CORRECTNESS?” “Stop political correctness!! Stop this bill!”

    Republicans have been so conditioned to have a knee-jerk reaction against political correctness, they won’t be able to handle the cognitive dissonance of the fact that this law they support is just state enforced political correctness. Some might even be talked around to opposing it if you hammer this fact into their heads enough.


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