I, like everyone who enjoys free speech, have heard the "shouting fire in a theater" argument ad naseaum. "...there is a good reason why we have an exemption to the free speech protection by the First Amendment when we say you cannot shout 'fire' in a crowded theater," says Arianna Huffingandpuffington, one of the free-speech-for-me-but-not-for-thee cunts who would have loved to live under the tyranny of Woodrow Wilson.
Why Woodrow, you ask? Because the case Holmes was offering his opinion on had to do with the Espionage Act. That's right, the same law that, if it were still in effect, would have seen Huffington jailed during the Bush years, is what is being defended when someone invokes the "fire in a crowded theater" trope.
Now, in the wake of a bunch of barbarians being barbaric, we are hearing "fire in a theater" daily. Someone made a shitty D rate movie that not even the actors had seen, and so we have a scapegoat. Did anyone in the middle east even see this movie? I doubt it. Yet somehow, this obscure YouTube video caused the deaths of an ambassador and other Americans.
No, this definitely wasn't a planned attack, or anything. The administration told us so. It's not like they had advanced warning, and oh yeah, it was the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Surely, it was an opportunistic attack that used the protest as cover.
Except the Libyans say there was no goddam protest. And the alleged leader of the attacks in Libya was released by this administration from his comfy cell at gitmo.
This attack was planned. The administration had warning. The people at the embassy knew they were in danger. The administration did nothing to protect them. The attack happened on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, with protestors shouting "We're all Osama, Obama!" It had nothing to do with a stupid fucking movie. And if it did, if a stupid fucking YouTube video could drive these fucking savages into a murderous rage, well, that's all the more reason to annihilate them out of existence.
But we all know the video isn't the problem. As Ace Of Spades said, "For some reason, I suspect if I were to say something like "I wish the crazed, homicidal Tea Partiers (who haven't killed or hurt anyone) would kill these traitors to the Constitution," their attitudes about violence over free speech would change pretty damn quick." It has become uncomfortably clear that the death of our last remaining freedoms is imminent.
Of course, Ace is wrong in one aspect: If there was a call to violence over these censorious fuckwads, they would only say, "See? We need to limit free speech. After all, Oliver Wendell Holmes, champion of free speech, said you can't yell fire in a crowded theater..."
Unless, of course, there's a fire. That fire was started when Holmes denied Schenck, Debs, and Frohwerk the right to speak. These men were all socialists, and their only crime was speaking out against war and conscription during Fuckrow Cuntson's Espionage Act.
The fire has been set. The exits have been blocked. We're about to burn alive. "Fire." Someone has to say it.
One final note, Rusty at Jawa has some cathartic advice. My favorite lines:
If the Muslim world wishes to join the 21st century, I wish them all the luck in the world.
But if they don't? It's not my problem. I just don't care anymore.
I don't care about nation building in Afghanistan anymore. I don't care about the Muslim Brotherhood being in power in Egypt anymore. Let al Qaeda take over Tunisia. I. Just. Don't. Care.
Now, I could be a complete asshole and say, "well, you could have supported Ron Paul," but I think I'll just be happy that more and more people are waking up to the message of "leave me the fuck alone, and I'll leave you the fuck alone."
Added Bonus: Cracked's 5 terrifying supreme court decisions. From Kelo to Eugenics.