First Amendment Be Damned!

Democrats build impeachment case, alleging ‘dangerous crime’

The democrats have impeached President Trump once again. This time for a speech. The betting line seems to be that this effort will come to naught. Impeachment is a political process directed at an office holder. Trump will be out of office long before any trial can take place. But the impeachment plays well in the media. It also reflects a common liberal malady. Focus on the process, results don’t matter.

The other game liberals are playing is an attempt to rescind college degrees awarded long ago. Harvard wants to take away the degree of Senator Cruz. If I was Ted I’d let them have it. Ted, we all associate with disreputable people when we are young and dumb. Then we smarten up and get away from them. Now would be a good time to recall a quote by William F Buckley.

I am not on social media. Here is an exercise for those that are. Here are the contents of a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote back in 1787. I realize that Twitter does not allow complete thoughts. Maybe cut and paste the highlighted area. Post it on social media and see if it gets banned.

I do not know whether it is to yourself or Mr. Adams I am to give my thanks for the copy of the new constitution. I beg leave through you to place them where due. It will be yet three weeks before I shall receive them from America. There are very good articles in it: and very bad. I do not know which preponderate. What we have lately read in the history of Holland, in the chapter on the Stadtholder, would have sufficed to set me against a Chief magistrate eligible for a long duration, if I had ever been disposed towards one: and what we have always read of the elections of Polish kings should have forever excluded the idea of one continuable for life. Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion.1 The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independant 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusets: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order. I hope in god this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted.2

Thomas Jefferson, in a 1787 letter to William Stephens Smith, the son-in-law of John Adams,