By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Delaware 41st District State Representative, Rich Collins (R-Millsboro) has proposed HB 80, the Stolen Valor Act. The bill, as written, would expand the legal definition of "criminal impersonation" to include those who falsely claim to be current or past members of the US military for the fraudulent purpose of "obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefit." The proposed statute would treat this as a Class A misdemeanor and impose a minimum fine of $1,000 on persons convicted. Representative Collins stated that his legislation differs considerably from a previously failed federal statute that was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in 2012 in a six to three decision that held that the law infringed on an individual's right to protected speech in reference to false claims of having been awarded military medals, awards or honors. "I Read more
What are the right reasons for activism, one might ask themselves. In this rapidly changing and diverse nation of myriad political philosophies, activism takes many forms. Although many political theories and opinions are prevalent in America, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights have stood the test of time, for the republic to grow and prosper. America has weathered several wars, and a civil rights revolution, and has remained united and free. Americans haven't agreed with one another on many issues but the Republic still stands and will remain standing, if each new generation of Americans does their part to respect the constitutional rights of others. It is not necessary to agree with your neighbor, but one should be friendly and charitable and it is necessary to respect your neighbor's Constitutional rights. America has become a nation of bureaucracy and regulations, many Read more
One of the first assaults on the constitution, seemingly enough came during the presidency of John Adams, the Second President of the United States. John Adams was a Federalist and was also considered a monarchist. He along with Alexander Hamilton, who served on his cabinet believed that Great Britain had a much better form of government than the newly formed American Republic. Thomas Jefferson, his Vice President was, on the other hand, a Republican and a staunch constitutionalist. Two opposing ideologies probably wouldn't occur in today's politics, the president and the vice president are from the same party but in Jefferson's era of the late 1700's and early 1800's, when two men ran for the presidency, the one with the most votes became president and the one that came in second became Vice President. The race between Adams and Jefferson was a close one and Jefferson became Vice President. Because Read more
It is official, Chick-fil-A appreciation day set a one day sales record for the chain. The Christian haters lose again and free speech wins.
The Tribune chided the Mayor and one Alderman for their Chick-fil-A rants and threats to block the restaurant from opening in the city by asking, "Does Chicago value Free Speech?". The Boston Mayor has since admitted his error of judgement. They pointed out the this is not the first time Mayor Emmanuel held up a project because someone disagreed with him politically. This man puts his agenda above jobs and liberty. I hope the people realize that when his election comes up in a couple of years. I am glad the local paper of record had the courage to stand for a first amendment freedom, I would add his freedom of religion was also violated which as the paper pointed out would result in a law suit if the denial happens. If Moreno sticks to his guns, though, his colleagues will have to summon the courage to overrule him. If they don't, they risk a costly lawsuit that positions the city Read more
98 Corporations are opting out of advertising on Premiere Networks Conservative Talk Shows. The self embalming lunacy is the largest threat to freedom of speech since the generation which saw the so called fairness doctrine. It is interesting that "offensive" ideas represent traditional morality, free markets, and American Exceptionalism. The war on religion, the characterization of conservatives as nut jobs, crazies, sluts, and religious fanatics seems fine. I believe that we need more speech not less. Prior censorship based upon viewpoints is just plain chilling. A corporation which does not like something specific has a right to decide if it wants to advertise there. This action, however, is a prior restraint on speech. It is guilty by viewpoint association. If we do not let these corporations know that you cannot marginalize half of America, freedom in America Read more
I know that it seems as if all we down here in Sussex County talk about is prayer here and prayer there. We have become the county of the prayer law suit. Our county council has been sued over its former practice of holding an organized prayer during its monthly meetings and the Indian River School Board was also sued for holding an organized prayer during its meetings. This post will center more around the IRSB issue, than the Sussex County Council suit. This is because I believe that the council has solved their issue by now saying a prayer before calling the meeting to order. This has not always been the case and is why they were sued. I have made my opinion on this issue well-known. I feel that once these public meeting are called to order, the elected officials become a body government and no longer are acting as individuals and so, are no longer afforded the same Read more
The First Amendment. Everybody has an opinion and each person views the exact wording a bit different. The real issue is, what were the intentions of the Founders on this very important issue that has caused so much passionate discussion, since the Founders discussed this issue from June to September of 1789. I will quote the entire First Amendment but will be dealing only with the first part of it today: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The sometimes heated discussions, nearly a dozen between June and September of 1789, decided the final wording of this very important amendment, and made the intent of the Founders crystal clear. They didn't want Read more