Minnesota has a law which prevents people from wearing political clothing when they go to vote. The state wants to avoid any hurt feels or political clashing at booths. Understandable, but not exactly in line with the First Amendment. Especially considering the following story.
On Feb. 28, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky — a case that presents a clash between the right to vote free from intimidation by other voters and the right to say (and wear) what you want.
In 2010, [Andrew] Cilek donned his “Don’t Tread on Me” shirt — which included an image adopted by the Tea Party logo — and a button that read “Please I.D. Me” when he showed up to his local polling place.
A poll worker asked Cilek to conceal or remove his shirt and button. He refused and was ultimately allowed to vote, but only after a poll worker recorded his name and address in case someone wanted to enforce the state law against him later. Cilek has now taken his fight all the way to the Supreme Court.
Cilek argues that Minnesota’s law infringes on his First Amendment right to political expression. If he wants to silently convey a political message by wearing a certain shirt or button, then he claims the First Amendment must protect that right.
Different justices have different opinions on the matter, but Justice Alito’s sticks out. Take a peek below.
Mr. Rogan is the man making biased attacks on the First Amendment. Justice Alito is the man melting Mr. Rogan’s face off.
Minnesota stopped a man wearing a "Don't Tread on Me" Tea Party shirt from voting, citing a ban on clothing with "political messages." Now, it's being argued before SCOTUS
Justice Alito absolutely destroyed them. pic.twitter.com/tAwXvxwR5r
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) March 1, 2018
You can read the whole thing here. Justice Alito highlights something important here. One, people who live in soy houses shouldn’t throw stones at the First Amendment. Apparently soy crumbles in the face of logic. There tends to be a bias when leftists go after free speech (see Tucker Carlson Nails ‘White Genocide’ Professor for Free Speech Hypocrisy). Progressives fancy themselves free to indulge in copious lip flappage, but silence all those who disagree with them.
Simply wearing a shirt doesn’t constitute political intimidation or violence. Just like words aren’t violence. Even though sometimes words hurt feelings. Nice try, Minnesota.
When it comes to violent protests, the left is all about free speech. Anything conservative must be snuffed like a wayward DNC staffer.