Here’s a video of the gallery of Wisconsin’s Assembly, where spectators are being removed for wearing 8.5 x 11 inch pieces of paper taped to their shirts. Silent, peaceful citizens, sitting with messages, removed for displaying written words on their clothing. Mere words.
Leaving aside Rep. Kessler’s legal justification (whether their rights in this case are absolute), there’s a simpler question: do they — should they — have the speech rights they’re trying to exercise in this context?
We have fallen so far, so fast, that for the majority party, the answer is that they should not. Should citizenship and residency, constitution and law, mean nothing against a majority’s desire to enforce its will, and stifle opposing voices?
Those who ordered this removal are as thin-skinned as they are ignorant.
Readers cannot say they’re uncertain of my views: removing these spectators for these reasons was wrong, and deeply un-American.
That’s just one view, however strongly expressed; what do you think?
Below I have the video, a poll, and a place for comments.
The post will remain open until Sunday morning. Comments will be moderated against profanity and trolls; otherwise, have at it.