Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Left-Wingers On The Supreme Court Are Ready To Destroy The First Amendment

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The free speech jurisprudence of the United States is one Supreme Court justice away from utter and complete destruction. Never has that been made more clear than in this last term, when four Supreme Court justices consistently expressed that they see the First Amendment as an obstacle to Left-wing governance, and would rule as such should they get the opportunity.
Let’s begin with Janus v. State, County, and Municipal Employees, the ruling released today that strikes down laws compelling non-union members to pay agency fees. The ruling is eminently correct, and states that the First Amendment protects citizens from being forced to subsidize third-party groups with which they disagree. Yet four justices on the Left found this ruling offensive — and made clear that they were uninterested in protecting the First Amendment at all.
Justice Kagan, writing the full dissent in conjunction with Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor, was explicit:
[A]lmost all economic and regulatory policy affects or touches speech. So the majority’s road runs long. And at every stop are black-robed rulers overriding citizens’ choices. The First Amendment was meant for better things. It was meant not to undermine but to protect democratic governance – including over the role of public-sector unions.
In other words, we no longer need to attempt to curtail governmental overreach with regard to the First Amendment — the First Amendment was meant for “better things,” meaning legislative proposals Elena Kagan and her cronies like. She says as much; she accuses the Court of “weaponizing the First Amendment, in a way that unleashes judges, now and in the future, to intervene in economic and regulatory policy.” Which, of course, is the job of the Supreme Court: to protect the First Amendment from encroachments in economic and regulatory policy.
Read the rest from Ben Shapiro HERE.

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