published Friday, October 28th, 2011

Free speech doesn't extend to violence, disorder.

There may be lots of things in society that we object to. And our Constitution rightly guarantees the freedom to speak up publicly about them, and to seek a "redress of grievances."

We have -- and treasure -- our freedom of speech, freedom of the press and the right "peaceably to assemble."

But for obvious reasons, we do not have the right to be disorderly and even violent in promoting our views.

We were reminded of that again this week during "Occupy Wall Street" protests around the country. More than a hundred people were arrested in Oakland, Calif. Police there were struck with rocks, bottles and other items. Meanwhile, scores were arrested in Atlanta. One of the Atlanta protesters even walked through a park with an AK-47 assault rifle, according to Mayor Kasim Reed.

Constitutional liberties are precious and deserve to be protected vigorously. But those freedoms should offer no protection to demonstrators who engage in mob action or create threats to public safety.

Speak up freely! Let your voice be heard!

But don't do it in a way that endangers others, or public order.

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EaTn said...

Thanks to officials in places like Atlanta, Nashville and Oakland: you're helping change the occupy movement from a few dissatisfied to a full blown national following. It took gatherings like these to open the public eyes to the right of free-speech and the unnecessary and failed Vietnam war.

October 28, 2011 at 6:50 a.m.
conservative said...

The OWS mob is a mixture of anti-Semitic, anti-American, anti-capitalist, druggies, anarchists, homeless, free love practitioners, spoiled immature college kids and malcontents in general. They will become more strident, disruptive, destructive and violent and even the sympathetic networks will have to back away. To my delight Obamination has endorsed them.

October 28, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
lumpy said...

Very good , Conservative! You're characterization is right on the mark. You can also add, free loaders, child molesters, public urinaters and defecaters to your list. It's a foul horde of those who feel they're entitled to everyone else's hard earned money.

The problem with the left is that at the core of their doctrine is their belief that the money someone EARNS is not necessarily theirs to keep. That's what makes them what they are, which is garbage.

October 28, 2011 at 11:18 a.m.
EaTn said... anyone who tries to impose their right to free speech and assembly are garbage? What about right wingers disruptions last year? Surely you don't have a double standard.

October 28, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
librul said...

I think Conservative and Lumpy ought to dip into their stash of cash and go to a health clinic. Nobody with the kind of poison in their brain that they have could possibly have a healthy body. It might be a law, I don't know.

November 17, 2011 at 9:47 a.m.
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