“If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don’t like. Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.”
― Noam Chomsky
Harrisburg, PA — Earlier this week, at the PA state capitol, lawmakers, police officers and their supporters gathered. This gathering was held to give themselves a collective pat on the back for the insane and brutal police state they are complicit in creating. This mass of government force was aptly called, Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Among the festivities, there was the praising of the state’s immoral war on drugs and a felicitation of the police state and revenue collection in general.
At such a gathering, this type of self-aggrandizing encouragement of the police state is to be expected. State Sen. John Rafferty (R), even came out with his resolution to recognize 2015 as the “Year of the Law Enforcement Officer.”
All fine and dandy, no harm, no foul.
However, one former cop turned Pennsylvania lawmaker, went above and beyond any rational expectations of tyrannical public speaking when he called for the termination of free speech.
State Representative and former chief of police of the Pittsburgh Police Department, Dom Costa (D), came out swinging when he suggested that he would introduce legislation to protect cops from having their feelings hurt.
“This nonsense that is going today on where police officers are being taunted by people and being provoked, let’s face it we’re all human beings, and eventually that emotion will break. And that’s what they’re trying to do,” he said, according to Raging Chicken Press.
Costa then suggests that the laws in place that protect police dogs from being taunted should be expanded to officers as well.
“So, what I’ve talked to some of my colleagues and the senator [Senator Rafferty] is that we have a bill about taunting a police dog. It’s illegal. There should be out that you can’t taunt a police officer because you’re going to get those emotions up. I myself and Representative Vereb are looking at that bill to put it forward in the House, and I am sure the Senate will follow. Or at least support that bill.”
Costa wants to use government force to stop people from speaking out about the use of government force, to protect those who abuse their monopoly of government force.
In other words, “Shut up and take this tyranny, slave!”
Can you imagine the resultant ridiculousness from police officers being able to arrest someone who hurts their widdle feewings?
We already see cops violate the constitutionally protected act of raising one’s middle finger by detaining, arresting, kidnapping and caging folks for giving the bird.
This legislation would not only legalize such tyrannical practices, but it would outlaw speaking out against them.
Being an asshole will not get you any friends, but neither will forcing assholes to remain silent. In fact, even the most vitriolic and hate-filled speech must be protected if society is to have any semblance of freedom.
Dom Costa has crossed a line, and he deserves to know it. While we still have a little free speech left, let’s use it to let tyrants like Costa know, that we the people will never be silenced.
— Matt Agorist (@MattAgorist) April 24, 2015