Tuesday Thoughts: 9th U.S. Circuit & Rosendale

Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection. – Neal Boortz

9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals:

The Associated Press reported that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Montana’s limits on direct contributions to political campaigns are justified in trying to prevent corruption or the appearance of corruption while still allowing candidates to raise enough money to run a campaign.

I don’t think the decision will stand.

Basically, money is speech these days. We are already far down a path that allows the rich and powerful (big money) to influence elections.

It did give Governor Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) the opportunity to say, in part, that “Elections should be decided by ‘we the people’ — not by corporations, millionaires, or wealthy special interests buying more television ads.”

That’s a great line. The other side will say that corporations, millionaires, or wealthy special interests have rights, too.

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SNYDER V. PHELPS

Imagine your son or daughter was killed while serving in the United States military. It’s a terrible experience that many families across our country have gone through. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have suffered these tremendous losses.

Then imagine at the funeral, a group (Westboro Baptist Church) decides to protest and they hold up signs that read, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Thank God for IEDs” they yell things just like that during the funeral. They are just about 1000 feet away.

That’s what happened and a young Marine’s father, Al Snyder, filed a lawsuit. He claimed invasion of privacy, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Mr. Snyder feels “that this is not so much a free speech issue as a harassment issue” according to some reports.

I believe it is harassment.  Is this what free speech has become in the United States of America? Continue reading