This cartoon is circulating among University of Virginia alumni along with a link to an article in the Daily Wire, describing how participants in a student council public comment period attacked a conservative group, YAF, for videos it had posted online. Among the quotes was this from student government representative Akshita Kalavakonda: “Hate speech is not protected under the First Amendment. I repeat, hate speech is not protected under the First Amendment.” And who defines what constitutes “hate speech?” I’m guessing that in Kalavakonda’s mind, he, not YAF members, makes that call. — JAB

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16 responses to “Jefferson Weeps”

  1. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    First, what do you call “1776” if not a hit Broadway musical? Which glorified Jefferson and even buffed up his image on slavery. Second, TJ and his henchmen played a very rough brand of political baseball. The election of 1800 is still the standard for lowball tactics. He more than anybody would recognize what is really going on here, and might not be on the side everybody assumes….those guys could count votes with the best of them.

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      That election resulted in the dissolution of a very important friendship. Only by luck was that mended later in life.

      “Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson” was an excellent book, very long but excellent.

    2. Nancy_Naive Avatar

      Hoobert Heever and FDR didn’t set any records for cordiality either. OTOH, both Johnsons came in quickly.

  2. TooManyTaxes Avatar

    First Amendment rights for me but not for thee. Akshita Kalavakonda can have a successful career in modern journalism. NYT, WaPo and CNN come to mind.

  3. djrippert Avatar

    First amendment … “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Relevant section … “Congress shall make no law …. abridging the freedom of speech”

    I’m missing the footnote about “hate speech”

    There is case law from the US Supreme Court as recently as 2017 on this matter. The decision was unanimous.

    1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

      Somebody at, of all places, PETA had the solution for that one. Damned funny too.

      1. Washington should have left the name and just changed the graphics. Something like this.

        1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

          That was the ripoff of the PETA logo. Obviously, name change became unnecessary. This was the PETA logo. i thought the rosemary was a nice touch.

          1. Not new.

            “People have been making the same Redskins potato suggestion for (at least) 27 years”


    2. “I’m missing the footnote about “hate speech””

      It’s in the same section of the constitution which states that a person’s right to not be offended shall not be infringed.

  4. Nancy_Naive Avatar

    I think it’s “fighting words,” or whatever but only in conjunction with imminent threat of violence. Hate speech is in the ear of… uh, the behearer? Michael Richards, for example, thought it was funny… for awhile.

    What was that idiot’s name? Tom Something. Metzger? Metzinger? Something like that.

  5. It is a shame these kids were not taught what they should have been by their parent[s]….something everyone over 40 was taught as a child:


    A more ‘true’ truism was never spoken.

    1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

      Don’t trust anyone over thirty? Oh, the sticks and stones thing. What’s wrong with the old rubber and glue neener, neener?

      Ready, aim, fire… bet those would hurt.

  6. Emilio Jaksetic Avatar
    Emilio Jaksetic

    Many people invoking “hate speech” as a label to justify censoring and “canceling” others are showing by their selective (and often self-serving) moral indignation that they mean “hate speech” is any speech that they hate.

    1. Or, don’t have an answer to.

  7. James Wyatt Whitehead V Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead V

    Jefferson weeps because he wasted all of his own money on a school that has turned on him. I bet he wished he had used that money for another wing on Monticello now.

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