What’s a protected First Amendment activity?
During the COVID lockdowns, church and synagogue services, and political protests (against the lockdowns, but not BLM riots) were deemed not to be protected First Amendment activities.
Free speech on the internet? Definitely, not a protected First Amendment activity when it involves “misinformation”.
But Hamas supporters blocking bridges and airports is protected First Amendment activity.
What about a prosecutor announcing that he won’t do his job?
You may remember the case of Gov. Ron DeSantis suspending Florida State Attorney Andrew Warren, a Soros DA, who pledged not to enforce the law and prosecute crimes involving abortion or transgender sexual mutilation.
Now Jill Pryor, an Obama judge, signed her name onto a ruling claiming that Warren was engaging in “protected First Amendment speech”.
.”Florida’s constitution permits the governor to suspend unimpeachable state officers for enumerated reasons, such as neglect of duty or incompetence,” Judge Pryor admits.
Then she has to perform Olympic-level acrobatics to defend Warren.
Even though, for example, Warren had signed a letter stating that he was among those “commit[ted] to exercise [their] well-settled discretion and refrain from prosecuting those who seek, provide, or support abortions”, Pryor argues wrongly that “and neither statement referred to a specific Florida law. To the contrary, the statements, which addressed national audiences, contained language inapplicable to Florida. When Warren signed the statement about bills targeting the transgender community, no Florida law criminalized gender-affirming care.”
As Pryor knows very well, these laws were incoming, Warren had committed to not enforcing them. This is jailhouse lawyering on a level embarrassing even by the miserably low standards of an Obama judge.
Pryor argues that, “the First Amendment protects Warren’s signing the transgender care and abortion statements. It prevents the government from ‘abridging the freedom of speech.'”
Government employees do have freedom of speech. Warren could have called DeSantis names and kept his job. He could have called Florida a giant toilet.
However, the free speech of government employees does not mean that they can announce that they will steal from the till every day. Even if it’s never proven that they actually stole, they can still be fired.
A government employee who announces that he is going to sexually assault children will be fired, whether or not anyone proves that he ever assaulted a child.
A statement of political opinion is not the same thing as a statement of intent to abuse your office.
An Obama judge has announced that there is a First Amendment right for government employees to announce that they won’t do their jobs… as long as she agrees with their politics.
But ordinary Americans don’t have the right to free speech on the internet or to protest against the Left.
Only leftists have rights, everyone else has none.