By J.D Tuccille writing for reason
From the article,
"I'll protect the First Amendment any day of the week," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) recently told NBC's Chuck Todd. "But you don't protect hate speech. You don't protect incendiary speech. You're not allowed to scream 'fire' in a crowded theater. There are limitations on speech." Hochul spoke after the racist mass murder at a Buffalo supermarket, so she can be forgiven a strong reaction. She undoubtedly expected a positive reception for her proposal to muzzle despicable ideas connected to a crime. But as a lawyer and elected official, she can't be forgiven for the mistaken claim that horrifying crimes overrule free speech rights. And yes, nasty, offensive, and hateful speech is protected. It's bad enough when you're governed by people who are hostile to your values. It's that much worse when the folks in charge not only inflict bad policy, but also very obviously don't know or don't care what they're talking about on their way to doing their worst. As unpleasant as it is to be under the thumb of your enemies, it's the height of frustration to be governed by idiots.