Matthew Austin

Dr. Laura and the 9/11 Mosque: The Shifting Sands of the Left’s Moral Vacuity

2010 August 21

On August 11, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a radio talk show host of 30 years, used the N-word on the air eleven times to inartfully make a point concerning the N-word.  The consequence, as usual, is that Dr. Laura was labeled by our moral and intellectual superiors at Media Matters and other liberal media outlets as a closet racist. Nothing unusual on its surface, but this latest skirmish in the culture war looks familiar. What is this familiarity? Dr. Laura’s faux pas was discussed on The O’Reilly Factor August 19th, wherein it was suggested that Dr. Laura had a First Amendment right to engage in a debate about the use of the N-Word, but it wasn’t appropriate given the context.  Get it? Does this sound like the debate surrounding the Ground Zero Mosque? With O’Reilly and the Left agreeing on this issue, I was left with one question: why is it that the Left’s support of the mosque is founded on an unyielding moral interpretation of the First Amendment, an interpretation that does not bend with the “changing needs and values of society”, and yet the Left seeks nuance where the First Amendment intersects with race relations? read more…

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Anti-Bullying Laws Could Lead to Anti-Free Speech Policy

2010 May 21

Lawmakers in the Bay State are roundly congratulating themselves for addressing what they see as a growing problem in Massachusetts: high school bullying. In general, the Massachusetts anti-bullying statute prohibits the repeated bullying of a student by another student or group of students on school property or at any school sponsored activity.  Massachusetts lawmakers included cyber-bullying to account for the social mediums such as Facebook, MySpace and the like. It is being heralded as the toughest anti-bullying statute in the country.

I don’t believe they should be patting themselves on the back too hard. The law has detractors on both sides of the political spectrum, but more importantly, the statute may run afoul of the 1st Amendment.  The Massachusetts anti-bullying statute is an exercise in progressive social engineering that ought to be struck down due to its vagueness, its over-breadth and its potential to discriminate by viewpoint.   read more…

Kagan: A Friend to Executive Power

2010 May 11

Elena Kagan has been selected by President Obama to be Justice Stevens’ successor. As is to be expected from a decision by an exceptionally liberal President, conservatives and Republicans are raising their eyebrows and the pundits are asking the usual questions.  The questions under scrutiny, naturally, are her qualifications, her breadth of experience on the bench, as well as speculations as to her judicial temperament. I submit to you that, as usual with the Obama administration, not all is as it seems. read more…

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