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Fitzgibbons: Protest Is Not An Incitement to Violence

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Fitzgibbons: Protest Is Not An Incitement to Violence
American Thinker - Mark J. Fitzgibbons presents retiring liberal Justice John Paul Stevens' thoughts on the difference between legitimate protest (like the kind currently being engaged in by the Tea Parties) and incitement to violence - and demonstrates that Stevens' own words would tend to support the conservatives taking part in protests today.

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Christian Science Monitor -- Bill Hennessy,  one of the Tea Party movement's early founders, describes what a Tea Party America would look like: less bureaucracy, more personal freedom, a constitutional role for government, and a phasing out of the massive federal entitlement system.

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Dick Cheney Returns: Will It Help The GOP?
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Lindsey Graham's Climate Change
American Spectator - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is no conservative, yet his move over the weekend to pull his support for Cap-and-Tax legislation (if the Democrats go ahead with an immigration bill first) may ultimately benefit conservatives by failing to provide the Democrats with a turncoat Republican for a major part of their agenda - and therefore, possibly dooming its chance to pass.

Black Republican Rebukes Steele
American Thinker - Black conservative Lloyd Marcus takes on the assertion by RNC Chairman Michael Steele that the Republican Party has not given blacks a reason to vote Republican. On the contrary, Marcus says the GOP will attract conservatives of all races by simply acting on conservative principles.


by Mark J. Fitzgibbons |

Many liberals are making loaded, unsubstantiated claims that talk radio, the internet, peaceful Tea Party protests, and other conservative speech and associations run the risk of inciting violence. Indeed, in the past it was liberals who not merely came to the defense of such forms of protest, but who articulated the actual danger of suppressing such protest.

Liberals on the Supreme Court protected liberals engaging in the same forms of speech and protest we now see from conservatives. For example, in New York Times v. Sullivan, liberal Justice William Brennan cited the concurring opinion in Whitney v. California by the avowed progressive, Justice Louis Brandeis:

[O]rder cannot be secured merely through fear of punishment for its infraction; that it is hazardous to discourage thought, hope and imagination; that fear breeds repression; that repression breeds hate; that hate menaces stable government; that the path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies; and that the fitting remedy for evil counsels is good ones. Believing in the power of reason as applied through public discussion, [our Founders] eschewed silence coerced by law - the argument of force in its worst form. Recognizing the occasional tyrannies of governing majorities, they amended the Constitution so that free speech and assembly should be guaranteed.

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