We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I didn't have to get too far into this to begin to see where it was going. Claims the Constitution is outdated, not suited for this era, etc.
The premise is that being shouted down or using troll-bots to humiliate or drown out 'undesirable' voices - using free speech to stop free speech - is, itself, based on an additional premise that is unstated. That premise is people are incapable of thinking for themselves and that it is impossible to discern the truth in the midst of mis- and dis-information.
It also presumes these things didn't exist prior to the internet era.
These tactics are not new. They are old. Kennedy put them to great use against Nixon, although his methods were not high-tech. These methods were used against van Buren, and even Grover Cleveland.
People tend to think technology changes the reasons for certain laws. In rare cases, it may. In the case of the Constitution, I have yet to see a decent example of a need for changes based on changing technology...but the Left will keep trying to make that case.
I dearly hope our Neo-Puritans can sail away to some foreign soil, where they will not have to face the persecution of speech spoken in their vicinity.
Their pointy hats no longer shall bear the unbearable babble of some "others" ideas!
While it's true he had the illegitimate child (and he told his supporters to tell the truth), I was referring more to the nature and vitriol of the aspersions cast on both sides.
It was a campaign based on morality and the need for reform - and it was, at times, vicious. Which is really no different than how things are today.
As retired appeals court judge Richard Posner said "I pay very little attention to legal rules, statues, constitutional provisions". The rule of law does not fail, it is the judges who are supposed to apply law that fail and fail miserably. Just as we have a uniparty Congress that create law at will we also have a uniparty system of law where law is made up at the bench and in the prosecutors office. We turned the republic into a genuine, new world order, globalist meat grinder.