Former FEC Chair and Obama appointee Ann Ravel has called for a “reinterpretation” of the 1st Amendment. This can only mean government restriction on speech with deadly consequences that can expected. The Daily Caller reports:
A “libertarian interpretation” of the First Amendment is responsible for more “violent hate crime” in the United States than terrorism, a former Federal Election Commission chair claimed Thursday.
“The libertarian interpretation of the 1st Amendment has permitted a huge spike in violent hate crimes in the US – many more than foreign attacks,” former FEC Chair Ann Ravel wrote on Twitter.
Critics: The feds need to up their game against domestic extremists https://t.co/LomEfdy4dU via @NBCNews
The libertarian interpretation of the 1st Amendment has permitted a huge spike in violent hate crimes in the US – many more than Foreign attacks@NBCNews
— Ann Ravel (@AnnMRavel) May 23, 2019
Ravel linked to a story noting a statistic from the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League, which found that 78% of the 50 U.S. murders related to extremism in 2018 were carried out by white supremacists. The story also noted the FBI has approximately 5,000 open terrorism investigations around the world, of which 850 are in the U.S.
The First Amendment is essential to keep an all powerful government away from private lives and consciences. The moment the First Amendment is breached because ideas are too radical, then you can only expect more to follow.