WASHINGTON, November 20, 2016 – Liberal icon and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan insisted in Roth vs. United States that the First Amendment protects free speech of “even the slightest redeeming social importance – unorthodox ideas, controversial ideas, even ideas hateful to the prevailing climate of opinion.”
Last November, the overly-sensitive college kids of “Amherst Uprising” demanded that university President Biddy Martin punish fellow students hurling raspberries at the insufferable bores of Black Lives Matter, hanging posters proclaiming “All Lives Matter.”
The uprisers “demanded” that Martin “require” the offenders to face a “disciplinary process” if and when a “formal complaint is filed” and for the insensitive offenders to “attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.”
In other words, free speech has a speed limit, with violators required to attend a kind of traffic school for political correctness. A reeducation camp of higher learning.
Adeline Oka at The Observer claims this is not the prattling of half-pint Stalinists:
“What we are witnessing today is not a collective whining or a mere revolt. It is a movement that is neither knee-jerk nor reactionary, but thoughtful and visionary. It is the next phase of a long-term and complex building project.”
Well, maybe not all that long-term a project.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before Congress that American businessmen who consider man-made climate change a dubious invention of government-funded pseudoscientists armed with fairy-tale X-Box computer models – and are bold enough to say so out loud – may be in the same league as Genovese mob boss Frank “Funzi” Tieri.
In 1980, Frank was the first individual successfully prosecuted under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act.
Frank would later die in prison.
Passed in 1970, the act was an admission by Congress that disorganized and bumbling government was no match for organized crime.
Originally designed to fight the pinstriped goons of New York City’s five crime families, it “metastasized from its original intent,” writes William Anderson and Candice Jackson in an article appearing in the Independent Review.
“Federal prosecutors have discovered that RICO is a powerful weapon that can be wielded against most business owners, should the feds choose to target them… Today, federal prosecutors use RICO routinely to win easy convictions and prison terms for individuals who in the course of business run afoul of federal regulations… many obscure business owners and managers are also successfully prosecuted under this law.”
At a Senate hearing Thursday, Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse asked Attorney General Lynch why it was that “under President Clinton, the Department of Justice brought and won a civil RICO action against the tobacco industry for its fraud. Under President Obama, the Department of Justice has done nothing so far about the climate-denial scheme (emphasis added).”
Lynch said, “This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on.”
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. -1A
Recently, Georgia state prosecutors used RICO to charge and convict Atlanta educators for falsifying student test results to meet federally-imposed education standards.
Three school administrators were sentenced to seven years in prison for running a criminal enterprise – the Atlanta Public School District.
Atlanta law professor Morgan Cloud explained RICO to the Los Angeles Times, “Almost any form in which humans can carry on human activity can be a criminal enterprise. It can be a group of guys who meet on the corner.”
And if Obama’s Justice Department has its way, someday it could be a group of guys ridiculing Al Gore’s invisible friend global warming.