In my online discussions with Rep Vaillancourt, I noticed a couple of my responses disappear. At first I thought maybe it was me leaving the page without saving but then I saw another comment that I had seen posted, suddenly disappear. Ironically it was a comment on his article about tolerating bad speech, where he's claiming "defending to the death your right to say something with which I disagreed." Hmmm, a bit hypocritical that he would claim he'd defend to the death the right of someone to say something he disagrees with then turn around and remove comments he dislikes.
Fitting that someone who sees no problem with Rep Chase calling for limits on freedoms of a minority group would himself turn around and remove comments he dislikes.
In one of my comments I asked a question. Since he cannot remove my articles I'm going to publicly ask him here the same question, and I welcome other Rep Chase defenders (and Rep Chase herself if she has the courage to come here and defend her remarks) to answer it as well.
We already have limits/ consiquences with free speech.
You cannot yell fire in a crowded theater because it creates a clear and present danger as people rush to get out.
If you walk into your bosses office and spout off choice words about how he or she doesn't know how to run a business you cannot claim freedom of speech and not be held accountable for that speech which would most likely lead you be be fired.
An elected representative answers to the people, they are her boss. Her action of telling the people that there is a minority group she disagrees with and would like to limit freedom on equates to the person telling their boss off.
This leads to the question...
Let's say you are in a position of power in the boy scouts. You have total control over the organization in this state.
Now lets say there is a very outspoken member of NAMBLA who believes men should be allowed to have sex with young boys and who has written guides on how to pick up young boys.
Freedom of speech protects this man and he can stand up in any forum willing to listen to him and spout his beliefs.
But Rep Vaillancourt, disagreed with me that free speech does not absolve one of consequences for that speech.
That brings us to our question... would you go so far to protect free speech that you would allow this man a leadership role in the boy scouts or would you agree in the consequences that his speech would prevent him from holding a leadership role?
Rep Vaillancourt's own actions of removing posts he disagreed with support my argument that speech does carry with it consequences. No one is saying that Rep Chase cannot stand up and say certain groups should have their freedoms limited, however in saying it she should be held accountable for the reaction back.