From Glenn Harlan Reynolds (Instapundit) at USA Today:
This [government goes to Muscle Beach] all takes place in the context of an unprecedented meeting by 20 state attorneys general aimed, environmental news site EcoWatch reports, at targeting entities that have “stymied attempts to combat global warming.” You don’t have to be paranoid to see a conspiracy here.
Not everyone believes that the planet is warming; not everyone who thinks that it is warming agrees on how much; not everyone who thinks that it is warming even believes that laws or regulation can make a difference. Yet the goal of these state attorneys general seems to be to treat disagreement as something more or less criminal. That’s wrong. As the Supreme Court wrote in West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.”
If these government officials have such contempt for others’ constitutional rights, who might they target next for “unacceptable” speech? More.
Who? Well, anyone with information that would challenge the official story, for one. It’s possible to get by with a Swiss cheese of an official story if no other version is allowed. For their own good, people don’t notice the holes.
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