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It seems that banning political speech, which of course is fully protected by the First Amendment, isn’t a good idea in America.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty caught town officials in New Chester, Wis., doing exactly that, and wrote a letter encouraging them to abandon their course of action.
They did, repealing the restriction almost immediately.
The details come from a report from WILL.
It was after the 2020 elections New Chester officials adopted a local ordinance that claimed to ban the distribution or posting of “political materials” on town land, defining that as “signs, handbills, flyers, and any other printed materials that supports or opposes a candidate for partisan office or it supports or opposes a ballot measure.”
Town officials adopted a $1,000 fine for violating their speech code.
But local resident Steve Blake previously has been active politically, and wanted to hand out information again, so sought help from WILL.
The organization sent a demand letter to the town that “made clear it was an unconstitutional exercise of the town’s authority, and blatantly restricted Mr. Blake’s ability to engage in First Amendment protected expression. WILL demanded that the town immediately take steps to repeal the ordinance, and to confirm to Mr. Blake that it would not be enforced against him in the interim.”
The town board agreed, suspending enforcement and then repealing its plan.
WILL Deputy Counsel Lucas Vebber noted, “The right to distribute political materials on public land in this country has been recognized since time immemorial. Our state and federal constitutions guarantee our rights to distribute these messages to others, and ensure that government entities cannot simply ban speech they disagree with. WILL always stands in defense of those rights.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Leftwing billionaire George Soros bankrolls everything evil – most recently the 75 pro-criminal “Soros district attorneys” who have transformed America’s most dynamic cities into degraded, crime-infested hellscapes of skyrocketing violent crime. Soros also funds drug legalization, euthanasia, open borders, globalism, Black Lives Matter, “defunding the police,” devaluing America’s currency and destroying her sovereignty. But why?
Whistleblower magazine reveals and explores the stunning truth: Soros, an atheist, literally says he’s “some kind of god,” obsessed with re-creating the world in his image. Here are a few actual quotes from Soros: “If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood…” “It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.” “You know, in my personal capacity I’m not actually a selfless philanthropic person. I’ve very much self-centered.” “I am kind of a nut who wants to have an impact.” “Next to my fantasies about being God, I also have very strong fantasies of being mad. … I have a lot of madness in my family. So far I have escaped it.”
Except he hasn’t “escaped it.” Not only is Soros totally mad, but he’s imposing his insanity on America. See Soros and the leftwing world he has created and funded as never before in “THE BILLIONAIRE WHO THINKS HE’S ‘GOD’: Why George Soros is obsessed with destroying America.”
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