NOT going to digress here. Before I continue, hat tip to Captain's Quarters for this one:
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On April 20, 2007, the American National Socialist Workers Party of Roanoke, VA—a neo-Nazi group—plans to march through the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati. The city initially issued a permit to the group for its march, but the permit was soon revoked and prohibitions were added by city officials limiting the group’s demonstration to a three-block area. Believing their constitutional rights to free speech and free assembly have been violated, the ACLU of Ohio will be defending the demonstrators.
Here is the thing. The Nazi party was banned in Europe at the end of World War II during denazification. Nazism resulted in the deaths of over 6 million Jews in Europe in an attempt at genocide( the Holocaust, for those of you who need a little reeducation on the subject). Nazism has a proven track record of promoting hatred, violence, and death. There is nothing noble for which the ideology stands. Their message is one of superiority of one "master race" rather than the proven power of the individual.
Does a city government have the responsibility to maintain peace and order within it's boundaries? Yes. Given the proven track record of the Nazi party, and they can try to water the name down by taking it to it's root "National Socialist" all they want to but a pig is still a pig no matter if you try to call it Sophie, the town of Cincinnati, Ohio was well within it's legal rights to take the steps that it has taken.
I know I'm not with a majority on this one, as it falls under the "free speech" category. I honestly think that these groups deliberatly do things like this in an attempt to push the envelope and undermine the intentions of the First Amendment. As I said regarding Don Imus, Freedom of Speech carries with it the responsibility of self-control. Freedom of Speech does NOT expressly give a group or an individual the right to incite hatred or violence. Freedom of Speech was designed to ensure that individuals could speak their minds without fear of the government arresting them for their words. It was not, never has been, a free license to promote hatred and bigotry.
As I've said before on this site, I was a soldier in our nations armed forces. Our very task was the protection of the citizenry of this country to live freely under the guarantees of the Constitution. This ensures the rights of all people, even the left, to speak their minds. Promoting hatred, promoting racism, in my mind, are not "speaking your mind." In MY mind, promoting these things are acts of sedition against our people, and against our government, a government which was established BY the people, OF the people, and FOR the people. Not just one group of people.
Contact the ACLJ today to encourage them to fight the ACLU on this.
We cannot allow the re rise of Nazism. Too many have been murdered on its altar already.
Once and Always, an American Fighting Man
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