The state’s two most powerful lawmakers could direct troopers to clear protesters from the streets and sidewalks around the Capitol under legislation on the fast track at the statehouse.
Just let that sink in for a moment.
Now, I wasn’t happy about ADAPT’s protest last week. Not because I agree or disagree with their position, but because they made a nuisance of themselves. But the beauty of an unfettered First Amendment is that when somebody takes free speech too far, it often backfires on them and their cause.
Take a more extreme protest, flag burning, for example. I, obviously, abhor the idea of burning the American flag under which I still proudly serve. However, it has its purpose: as James Taranto likes to point out, flag burning makes it a lot easier to “spot the idiot.”
Irrational and violent protestors do their cause a disservice by their illegal or vitreolic protests. However, the response is not to outlaw protest, but to to vote against the idiots.
Those legislators who don’t want idiots parading outside the Capitol only confirm that the real idiots are inside.