Freedom of speech has its limits. There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, I hold the first amendment as close to my heart as humanly possible. However, there are times when what you say put’s other people in danger, and in that case, your freedom of speech is forfeited.
The classic example is that you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater. If you did that, and there was no fire, you’d potentially cause a stampede that would hurt people. The same concept applies to comments regarding the safety of the President. This is an unpopular topic right now for some because the President is so controversial. However, the fact remains that any attempt on the President’s life causes harm to America. A successful assassination would not only harm him (obviously) but it could plunge the entire country into a very vulnerable state.
Because of this, when you talk about harming the President, you get into trouble, freedom of speech or no freedom of speech. A state senator from Missouri is finding that out the hard way, after a flippant comment that she made on her Facebook that she’s lived to regret.
Via Fox News:
A Democratic state senator in Missouri is facing resignation calls for posting on Facebook Thursday that she hopes President Trump is assassinated.
“I hope Trump is assassinated!” state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal wrote.
Chappelle-Nadal eventually deleted the post, but a screenshot was saved and shared on Twitter.
— Mark Reardon (@MarkReardonKMOX) August 17, 2017
In interviews with local outlets, Chapelle-Nadal said she regretted her post but not her anger at the president. She blamed her outburst on the president’s response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.
“I posted something on my personal Facebook and I should not have done that, and for that I am sorry for that,” Chapelle-Nadal told St. Louis television station KMOV. “But I am not going to shy away from what caused that anger at all, I’m not going to shy away from that.”
The Secret Service told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch it is investigating Chapelle-Nadal’s post.
Meanwhile, top Missouri Democrats – including Sen. Claire McCaskill and the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party – are calling on Chapelle-Nadal to resign.
“I condemn it,” McCaskill told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s outrageous. And she should resign.”
Missouri Party Chair Stephen Webber called Chappelle-Nadal’s comments “indefensible.”
“I believe she should resign,” Webber said.
But Chappelle-Nadal told KMOX Radio she won’t quit.
“There is no way in hell that I’m resigning,” she said.
Despite all the differentiation that she makes about this being her personal Facebook, she needs to bare in mind that it was the personal facebook of the person who was elected per public office. Any and all information that the people of your constituancy can gater about you, is fair game in deciphering your charactor.
And before the liberal police jump on the Secret Service for doing their job, let’s clarify here that they are bound to use this information to investigate her and see if she had any real plans to do harm to the President. If not, she’ll likely be cut loose with no real problems from them. Whether or not her people will forgive her remains to be seen.
(Source: Fox News)