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Repeal the First?

December 20, 2015

Here’s a clip making the rounds this week.

I usually take this kind of thing with many grains of salt. After all, you can talk strangers into signing almost any petition in the right circumstances. They’ll even sign a petition to ban water.

But the reasons this one struck me were, first, that I’d hoped that Yale students would know what rights the First Amendment protects — one of those being the right to petition government for redress of grievances. (Pretty heavy irony, idn’t it?)

And second, what leads to this nonsense? People with the I’m-not-responsible-if-you-offend-me attitude and their demands for trivial trigger warnings and for safe spaces.

Since we’re talking about being offended, what offends me is the attitude that I should give a damn about your opinion of what I say. Samuel Johnson said it better: Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it.

So I’ll do another thing I don’t usually do. Here’s a little visual snark about this topic that I also came across this week.

18-year-olds

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