America is a crossroads, and the American people are more politically divided on issues than perhaps ever before in our history. The government, media, and entertainment have abandoned the people and political parties, all while many officer holders assert their dominance and control by way of pushing agendas that Americans do not recognize as their own.
That is the case in New York City with Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to many citizens of New York and among scholars.
Johnathon Turley is a Classical Liberal who, in a recent column, asked a series of questions that would have once caused enlightened people to stop and explore, to discuss and debate, to seek balance for the expansion of societal peace. Those questions are now met with anger and dismissal. Now, if Americans disagree with what was handed down from “on high,” the Democrats are very likely to say something “hateful” and try to “ban it.”
For the pleasure of that much control and dominance for their leaders to determine things and quickly put their ideas into play on the population, politics has become a blood sport.
Now too many Americans demand we stop exploring our own spiritual paths, we stop journeying and asking questions, and simply “tow the company line” and virtue signal from a religion of their stated facts decreed from their powerful leaders.
Of course, Americans, who have a competitive spirit, have always wanted to win; however, at one time, the Democrat Party wanted to win for the right reasons, and as a recovering Democrat, I can say that is no longer true of the Democrat party; they no longer want to advance winning for the right reasons, and that is why all of the classic liberals like Turley are on the outside looking in.
In his article titled, Cuomo Signs State Law Barring Sale and Display of “Symbols Of Hate”, Turley wrote about his concerns over the Government determining what is “hate”,
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation this week that would ban the sale of Confederate flags and other symbols of “intolerance and hate” on public property and limit the display of such symbols,” he wrote.
According to his biography, “Turley is an American attorney, legal scholar, writer, commentator, and legal analyst in broadcast and print journalism. He is a professor at the George Washington University Law School, and has testified in United States Congressional proceedings about constitutional and statutory issues.”
In his article Turley writes:
Cuomo wrote that “[b]y limiting the display and sale of the confederate flag, Nazi swastika and other symbols of hatred from being displayed or sold on state property, including the state fairgrounds, this will help safeguard New Yorkers from the fear-installing effects of these abhorrent symbols.”
The question is who will safeguard our free speech rights as politicians listed banned symbols that groups declared offensive.
Notably, Cuomo admitted that “certain technical changes are necessary” to make sure the ban is compliant with the First Amendment. The first “technical change” would be to rescind the law.
Here is the language:
- PROHIBIT SYMBOLS OF HATE.
- THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL NOT SELL OR DISPLAY ANY SYMBOLS OF HATE OR ANY SIMILAR IMAGE, OR TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY, INSCRIBED WITH SUCH AN IMAGE UNLESS THE IMAGE APPEARS IN A BOOK, DIGITAL MEDIUM, MUSEUM, OR OTHERWISE SERVES AN EDUCATIONAL OR HISTORICAL PURPOSE.
- FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM “SYMBOLS OF HATE” SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, SYMBOLS OF WHITE SUPREMACY, NEO-NAZI IDEOLOGY OR THE BATTLE FLAG OF THE CONFEDERACY.
TAKE ANY MEASURES NECESSARY TO PROHIBIT THE SALE, ON THE GROUNDS OF THE STATE FAIR AND ANY OTHER FAIRS THAT RECEIVE GOVERNMENT FUNDING, OF SYMBOLS OF HATE, AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED FORTY-SIX OF THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS LAW, OR ANY SIMILAR IMAGE, OR TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY, INSCRIBED WITH SUCH AN IMAGE, UNLESS THE IMAGE APPEARS IN A BOOK, DIGITAL MEDIUM, OR OTHERWISE SERVES AN EDUCATIONAL OR HISTORICAL PURPOSE.
Notably, the law only allows for the sale or displays if they serve “an educational or historical purpose.” What if they serve social, ideological, political, or literary purposes?
Those are some good questions.
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And consider, if our elections are ever restored, and if it isn’t too late, will Americans finally understand the importance of protecting their civil liberties? Will we explore again? Will Americans ever again be unafraid of losing sight of the rules of the Democrat party to become something good and decent to the masses- to be free like that again? Are we brave enough to be independent like that?
That is a question for the ages.