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Thursday, May 24, 2012

New York Republicans Attempting to Ban Free Speech on the Internet

Maybe when conservatives use the term, "take American back" they are talking about taking it back to where we had no amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In general it seems the only one they care about is the second amendment, while the rest of them they seem to be continually attempting to pass laws against them.

Two Republicans in New York (Republicans Dean Murray and Thomas O’Mara) are trying to pass two separate laws ( S.6779 and A.8688) that will ban people from anonymous online speech. As in, preventing people from posting a anonymous comments, blog posts, articles, etc. in direct violation of the first amendment, the freedom of speech. The U.S. Supreme court has ruled multiple times that anonymous speech is allowed as per the first amendment. For example in 1995 McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, the court wrote: " "Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical minority views … Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority … It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation … at the hand of an intolerant society."

Do these New York Republicans think that since the court is now mostly conservative, that they will now rule in their favor? Or are they even aware of the courts rulings on this issue in the past? Have they even read the U.S. Constitution?

I don't have answers to these question, as I am always dumbfounded by people who vote for some of these people in thinking they are for American, when they are attempting to pass laws that go against our founding principles.

Read more about the bill here...

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