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LETTER: Constitution can’t protect us from the consequences of our actions

So, Bob Richards thinks Mr. Sterling’s racist comments should be protected under the First Amendment. Guess what? They are. Has he been arrested, charged with a crime or even given a citation? No, and he won’t be. As long as his obnoxious rants do not contain threats or slander, he can spew wherever, whenever and to whomever he wishes, with impunity, as far as any state, local or federal government is concerned. However, the very same Constitution that protects his right to offensive speech also defends the rights of those offended to dissolve their connections to him, if they choose. The right of association implies the right to dis-associate. We choose our company on the basis of affinities, and are likewise free to renounce or dissolve associations on the basis of disgust and disapproval.

The Constitution still protects our rights to be obnoxious, but it can’t possibly protect us from the consequences.

Laurie Raymond



Glenwood Springs


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