While I was unable to post this weekend, I did see this column by Ben Shapiro (though I saw it at the Worldnutdaily) and planned to comment on it. Shapiro, for those who don’t know, is a budding right wing pundit who wants to ban pornography and pretty much anything else he finds offensive. And in this column, he’s urging that we revive the sedition laws and punish those who speak ill of the government in wartime. His reasoning is truly ridiculous. It takes this form:
In World War I we had the Espionage Act and punished those who spoke out against the war (including folks like Eugene Debs); we won that war.
In World War II, we put the Japanese into internment camps and punished those who spoke out against the war; we won that war.
In Vietnam, however, that damned Supreme Court brazenly and flagrantly upheld the first amendment and forbid the government from punishing those who spoke out against the war; we lost that war.
Therefore, we should lock up anyone who disagrees with any war so we don’t lose that war.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you February’s Robert O’Brien Trophy winner as Idiot of the Month. And I like Balyen Linnekin’s suggestion:
Ben Shapiro, author of Porn Generation…argues at Townhall.com that America needs new sedition laws to prosecute people who say “un-American” things. I agree. And the first person who should be prosecuted is him. Anyone who calls for trampling on the Bill of Rights and giving bureaucrats more power at the expense of citizens is a traitor who should go to jail. Do you see how easy it is, Ben? Give the government the power to throw people in jail for things they say??? Be careful of what you wish for, asshole.