Wednesday, September 26, 2018 08:42

Lindsey Graham: Tool

–  Wiccapundit

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution begins: “Congress shall make no law…”

What part of that simple English statement does Senator Graham fail to understand?

Lindsey Graham on Koran-burning: “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war”

I am thinking of writing a short story about a character who draws a picture of someone burning a photograph of an effigy of the Holey Kore-anne.  (Did I spell that wrong?  Who cares?  Bring on the fatwas.)   How many sub-referential levels would be necessary to cause my artistic expression to be non-insulting to the barbaric members of the Religion of Peace™?  Maybe I could take a Holly Cow-run, smear it with my own excrement, immerse it in a beaker of my own urine, and submit it to the Tate Gallery for a Turner Prize.  I could call it “Andres Serrano Redux: The Undiscovered Country.”

Hey, is that a Wholly Cure-On smoldering there on the grill next to my tasty barbecued pork products?  Personally, I like to grill hot dogs, because they’re made of pork and contain the word “dog,” both of which are an offense to Islam.

UPDATE:  Offered a chance to explain himself, Lindsey Graham confirmed that he is a tool.  In an interview posted at National Review Online, Graham trotted out the hoary old “you can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” line to justify his woolly-headed ideas about what speech he’d like to restrict in violation of the First Amendment.  He is, of course, completely wrong, as well as utterly incapable of understanding the source of that phrase.  It comes from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’s opinion in Schenck v. U.S., where in dicta (an explication not part of the specific reasoning on which the opinion of the Court was based and therefore not binding under stare decisis – an important distinction), he noted that free speech would not protect a man  falsely crying  ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.  Obviously, if the theater was on fire a person would be allowed, and arguably would be obligated morally, to cry ‘fire.’

The Schenck decision is the source of the “clear and present danger” standard of restriction on free speech.  This standard, along with the Schenck decision, was overturned in 1969 by the Supreme Court in Brandenburg v. Ohio, which established the current standard that speech may not be restricted unless it is directed to and likely to incite “imminent lawless action.”   Note that even under this standard, the Illinois Nazi Party was allowed to march in the predominantly Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois (source of the “I hate Illinois Nazis” scene in the movie “The Blues Brothers”).  So, the prior restraint of speech is not one the Court will lightly endorse.  Political speech – and the burning of the Koran surely qualifies as political expression – is the type of protected speech that is enshrined highest in the pantheon of  the First Amendment.

Lindsey Graham: Mr. Snap-On.

And yes, I don’t intend to spell the K’whore-on “correctly” (i.e., the way the MSM spells it) ever again.  I’m taking suggestions for variations on the spelling; I don’t want to repeat myself for a long time.

 

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11 Responses to “Lindsey Graham: Tool”

  1. Elphaba says:

    Hey…aren’t you the guy that wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People”? 😉 Truthfully, there is nothing we can do or say that will not offend the zealots. Our very existence is offensive to them.

  2. Sebastian Page says:

    Well, let me know if you run out of Wholly Queer-On’s ta burn. I got plenty. And lighter fluid too. Just go easy with all the lawyer-speak, will ya? It hurts my head. 😉

  3. Morgan Stanton says:

    I go on Facebook (always a good snapshot of the liberal id with the crew I used to roll with) and oh, the masochism: “I hate Terry Jones! People are dead because of him! No wonder why they hate us!” Facebook has been a wonderful tool for exercising my restraint muscle, but there are times when I have to respond because I do need to be able to look in a mirror every now and then: “Should Salman Rushdie not have written the Satanic verses? If Catholics murdered and looted in downtown Boston after the release of Kevin Smith’s Dogma would we really be sitting here blaming Mr. Smith? Were we worried about the reaction of the Jewish street after the release of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ? Or the Buddhist street after the Taliban blew up ancient statues?” You know the drill…

    • Wiccapundit says:

      Right, and how many witches rioted after seeing that execrable movie “The Craft?” (Although Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell did look good.)

      It has been an unending source of amazement to me that the most liberal people (who are always the most strident supporters of the foulest “speech” imaginable), are the ones most in favor of speech codes and restricting First Amendment speech they don’t agree with.

      Also, they seem to have no problem with a homosexual-hatin’-and-killin’, women’s-freedoms-restrictin’, Stone Age mindset.

      Not Christianity, mind you. Islam.

      • Morgan Stanton says:

        The Craft was definitely The Crap, but it had lots of great dialogue like when the mean girl tells Rachel True (nonetheless fetching in her bathing suit) that she doesn’t like “Negroids”, or when Balk warns “Manon. He came to me. Saved me. Oh, and by the way. He wanted me to give you a message. You’re in big shit. He says you’ve abused the gifts that he’s given you, and now you’re going to have to pay the price.”

  4. A tool? No…a tool implies usefulness. This idiot is as useful as a bag of hair clippings.

    And I wonder about the people that keep electing him.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      A tool can be useless, as in having a Phillips head screwdriver when you need a slotted head screwdriver. Or in the case of Mr. Graham, when you need a conservative Senator who understands the Constitution, and all you have is a pathetic excuse of a chair-filler who needs a map to find the Senate bathroom. And this guy is supposed to be a lawyer?

      • Elphaba says:

        Yeah, well, Barack H. Obama is supposed to be a lawyer, as well…specializing in the Constitution, no less. Maybe they ordered their diplomas from the same magazine.

  5. Laura says:

    He is of my people (a South Cackalackian) and he is Head Tool. And you can’t swing a dead hooker around here without hitting a lawyer, so really, that’s no big deal.

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