Look Who Wants a Safe Space Now: New at Reason



Free speech makes all kinds of people uncomfortable.

A. Barton Hinkle writes:

Pity the poor snowflakes—so sensitive they must be shielded from speech that might hurt their tender feelings.

Campus liberals? Nope. We’re talking about supposedly serious grown-ups, including some veterans and Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman (R).

Monday evening Wittman met with a group of tea party activists at American Legion Post 90 in conservative Hanover. Eugene Truitt—the post commander and an Air Force veteran—asked Wittman when Congress would act on a flag-desecration bill. Wittman said it could happen soon: “I continue to push the leadership to have it come to the House floor,” he said. “I do think it’s worthy of debate about what are the limits of freedom of expression under the First Amendment.”

Of course he does. Why should he be any different?

Last year Donald Trump tweeted a suggestion that anyone who burns the flag should face “consequences—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” More than 213,000 people liked the tweet. Some veterans spoke favorably of the idea. (At other times, other veterans also have vigorously opposed it.)

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