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Freedom of speech and expression were under a full scale assault at a House Judiciary Committee Hearing, but Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California) came prepared with a powerful speech.
At the April 9 hearing on “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism,” freedom of speech was mostly ignored. With Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) at the helm, a vast majority of Democrat speakers, and a panel of witnesses obsessed with identity politics, this debate centered on Democratic preoccupation with racism.
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Rep. McClintock took a brave stand for free speech. “Free societies don't punish words and thoughts. They punish deeds” he said. He also made a dire warning of the “very slippery slope between banning ‘hate speech’ and banning speech we just hate."
“Both sides are losing perspective of why we have the first amendment,” he observed. “Its because the freedom to speak your mind is an absolutely essential to a free society.” He then cited part of Thomas Jefferson’s statement where Jefferson proclaimed “we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left...
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