This is Why We Fight So Hard For The First Amendment.

Allow us to introduce you to US Representative Frederica Wilson, who represents District 24 here in Florida.

Representative Wilson has some interesting ideas when it comes to speech and expression.

Democratic Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson asserted that people who mock members of Congress online should face prosecution.

“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable [sic],” Wilson said during comments made Tuesday outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Florida.

“We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted,” she continued. “You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.”

“Shut them down and they should be prosecuted.” (emphasis ours)

Think about that for a moment. A sitting member of the House of Representatives wants people to be prosecuted for what they say about elected officials online. An elected official wants to make sure people are prosecuted for what they say and strip away First Amendment protections.

Sound familiar?

For all those who want Brevard County Commissioner Lober held legally accountable for his comments, you are doing the same thing Representative Wilson is doing – trying to make what is legally protected speech illegal.

If you want to say that Lober does not have the right to make statements such as he had, you and Representative Wilson have a lot in common.

We keep saying this because there are people out there thinking that we are defending Lober.

We are not.

We believe his statements are morally reprehensible in many ways. We believe that his statements indicate that he does not have the temperament to be an elected official.

What it doesn’t mean is that his speech is not protected by the First Amendment.

If you want people and government officials like Wilson to determine what you can and cannot say, then by all means continue in the false belief that Lober’s comments are not protected.

We are sure that you’ll be happy when Wilson gets something passed and the police are knocking on your door because of a statement you made on Facebook or Twitter, or something like that.

Either you believe in free speech, or you don’t.

Either you believe that reprehensible speech is protected, or someday someone will determine that what you said or wrote is reprehensible and is not protected by the First Amendment.

It’s that simple.

We can either fight for the First Amendment in all its ugly glory now, or when people come for us for what we have said, there won’t be anyone to say or fight for anything.

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