On 2018-03-05, Lawrence Watt-Evans <***@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 5 Mar 2018 16:16:20 -0600, Lynn McGuire
>> From a friend, "What if Hillary had won
", an alternate history.
>>"Hillary Clinton is not only the nations first woman president, she
>>also has claim to be its most environmentally conscious. Not only did
>>she make a massive investment in the sustainable, earth-friendly
>>technologies of wind and solar power, but she also slapped a 300 percent
>>tax on the mining or sale of coal within the United States and had her
>>technology experts draw up plans for the total elimination of fossil
>>fuels by the year 2024. Under the direction of Michael Mann, the
>>Environmental Protection Agency put the battle against man-made climate
>>change at the top of its agenda and, with its budget doubled, will be
>>able to prosecute climate deniers for furthering an anti-science agenda
>>that put not only our children, but also the entire planet at risk."
>>So if Hillary had won, I would be going to jail now. Lovely.
> a) Why do you take that particular guess seriously?
> b) The ACLU would make sure to shut any such rule down on First
> Amendment grounds, should it ever be attempted. Which it wouldn't be.
I agree with your first point, but I'm not so sure anymore of the
second. I was a dues-paying member of the ACLU for 29 years, but dropped
them 3-4 years ago because they had stopped taking actions in support of
free speech. For example, for quite a long time they had no position
at all on "safe zones" at colleges. They do now, but as far as I know have
not actively tried to change any college or university safe zone position.
Similarly, they've been remarkably silent on the white supremacist college
visits - if pressed the ACLU will say they should be allowed, but they
have done almost nothing actively. They have changed dramatically over
the years, in my opinion for the worse.