Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Hubert Humphrey and the traditional liberals of the civil rights era are tossing and turning in their graves as Uncle Joe rides the new leftist wave down a trough of government-controlled speech and into a constrained and monitored society.
Consider the new administration’s support of speech restrictions at school.
“F*** school f*** softball f*** cheer f*** everything,” a high school student wrote on Snapchat after failing to make the varsity cheerleading squad. When the student was then suspended from the JV cheer team due to the caption, she claimed her post — sent off-campus, without specifically identifying the school — fell under First Amendment protections. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit agreed, upholding her free speech in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.
“The notion that a school can discipline a student for that kind of spontaneous, non-threatening, non-harassing expression is contrary to our First Amendment tradition,” argued the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represents the Pennsylvania teen.
This, however, didn’t satisfy the Biden administration’s hunger to continue to gain control over people’s lives.