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Adding To The Chorus Of Anti-Eric Posner Derision

Posted on | September 26, 2012 | 16 Comments

by Smitty

. . .Americans need to learn that the rest of the world—and not just Muslims—see no sense in the First Amendment. Even other Western nations take a more circumspect position on freedom of expression than we do, realizing that often free speech must yield to other values and the need for order. Our own history suggests that they might have a point.
Despite its 18th-century constitutional provenance, the First Amendment did not play a significant role in U.S. law until the second half of the 20th century. The First Amendment did not protect anarchists, socialists, Communists, pacifists, and various other dissenters when the U.S. government cracked down on them, as it regularly did during times of war and stress.
The First Amendment earned its sacred status only in the 1960s, and then only among liberals and the left, who cheered when the courts ruled that government could not suppress the speech of dissenters, critics, scandalous artistic types, and even pornographers. Conservatives objected that these rulings helped America’s enemies while undermining public order and morality at home, but their complaints fell on deaf ears.

We can argue over ‘significant’ WRT the Sedition Act, Posner, but let me lay this on you: American Exceptionalism (my definition) is the idea that the individual precedes and is superior to the State. This is in stark contrast to Yglesias:

The rest of the world can be a parade of socialist, green, gay, global warming, theocratic fascists for all I care. The reason that “the rest of the world see no sense in the First Amendment” is that they lack our tradition of self-government. Even the Europeans ate the Treaty of Lisbon. Probably because they are unarmed. Ah, the Second Amendment!

American Exceptionalism is an affront to aristocracy. Or, as we now call it, the Progress. The “Rule of Experts”. Pay no attention to the debt, deficit, lack of a budget, and 2ook pages of U.S. Code. Aristocracy hates liberty, absence of hierarchy in society. So they substitute hedonism for liberty, emotional plays for thought, bullying for leadership, and Socialist Utopia fables for economically sound social systems in a quest to amass, retain, and wield power. But it’s worse. If you review the S.R.C. Hicks series I did a while back, you find gems from the Lefty playbook like:

On the one hand, all cultures are equally deserving of respect; on the other, Western culture is uniquely destructive and bad.

While I don’t mind tolerating others, after a while, a lack of reciprocity leaves the impression that my good nature is being used against me. And I’m having none of that, not from people overseas, and not from my countrymen who, for all their high position, seem to maintain a low opinion of what this country is about.

This is an Exceptional country, and cleaning up the mess of your ilk may take decades, Posner & Yglesias, but your ideas and cheap ploys are going down. A Philippe Reines sign-off to both of you.

via Twitchy


16 Responses to “Adding To The Chorus Of Anti-Eric Posner Derision”

  1. Adjoran
    September 26th, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    If Posner and Yglesias prefer the anti-free speech policies of foreign countries, that gives them many to choose from.

    The rest of us who prefer our Constitution will just stay here.

  2. Bob Belvedere
    September 26th, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    -Interesting that the American Leftists have now become the leaders Anti-First Amendment Movement. One has to wonder if they ever were in favor of a broad interpretation of said Amendment or if it was just merely another means to their Utopian end, one that they no longer now see as useful so they have discarded it.

    -The reason the First Amendment attained it’s national, all-encompassing importance was because of the passage Fourteenth Amendment which has been interpreted to apply The Bill Of Rights to the several states. Before it’s passage, each state was subject to it’s own Bill Of Rights and Amendments 1-10 of the US Constitution applied only to the national government.

  3. Bob Belvedere
    September 26th, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    Regarding my second point: from the Annotated Constitution Of The United States:

    …But the expansion of the Bill of Rights to restrict state action, especially the religion and free expression provisions of the First Amendment, afforded the Court an opportunity to base certain decisions voiding state policies on these grounds rather than on due process.191


  4. smitty
    September 26th, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Progressivism always achieves its opposite effect. In trying to downplay the 1st Amendment, jokers like Posner advertise and cause the American people to educate themselves about its paramount importance.

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    September 26th, 2012 @ 10:00 am
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  8. Bob Belvedere
    September 26th, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    My Grandfather used to say: ‘Everything works out for the best’.

  9. rjacobse
    September 26th, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Questin for Posner: If the rest of the world jumped off a cliff…? I mean, just because it’s a phrase that your mother used on you doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

  10. richard mcenroe
    September 26th, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    Who authorized Posner to write that?

  11. richard mcenroe
    September 26th, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    I assume your grandfather, bless him, never lived in New Jersey.

  12. scarymatt
    September 26th, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    What are you talking about? He didn’t write that.

  13. Bob Belvedere
    September 26th, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    He went through many travails, but never any that bad.

  14. Quartermaster
    September 26th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    That’s why I refuse to use the word “progressive” in reference to them. “Regressive” is a much better label.

  15. richard mcenroe
    September 26th, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    “Remember, Senator, the First Amendment is just an amendment.” — CIA Official, the Tower Hearings.

  16. McGehee
    September 27th, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    “Proglodyte” is my preferred term.