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Wheeling Trustee Krueger claims First Amendment doesn’t protect offending speech –

Wheeling, IL. (ECWd) –

During the June 19, 2017 Village of Wheeling Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee Krueger said that when addressing the village board with things they don’t like to hear, you lose your first amendment rights.

What did she say?

Watch it below:

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We think the United States Supreme Court would have problems with her claims of losing the right to free speech and the right to petition your government – and they just rendered a unanimous decision this year which basically says hate speech is free speech and as such is protected under the First Amendment (read the Daily Wire article here).

Read some of the quotes by the Justices, it almost sounds like they are talking to Ms. Krueger, like these quotes:

  • “The proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate”
  • A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against the minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all

So Krueger wasn’t talking about “hate speech” but rather what she considers lies?

The SCOTUS struck down the Stolen Valor Act in 2012 with a decision, United States v. Alvarez,  stating that “false statements of fact do not fall within one of the restrictions on freedom of speech“…or…”you have a protected right to lie” (with very limited exceptions) and just because someone thinks you lied, does not mean they can restrict you from saying it.

Don’t get us wrong, we are not suggesting hate speech or lying is something people should do, but instead are advocating for the First Amendment and a person’s right to free speech, and that Ms Krueger does not get to determine what is or is not a person’s right under the First Amendment.

The bottom line is this: Ms. Krueger you are wrong, and should publicly retract your statement at the next Board of Trustees meeting.

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Categories: Cook County, feature, Wheeling

6 replies »

  1. The Bad Ass girls in Chatham are just waiting. By trying to silence the citizens by only allowing speech at certain times, they have guaranteed that they will be getting an earful st every meeting and their every plan and action scrutinized for sneakiness.

  2. One of the biggest problems with public officials is that they need to get off their high horse and here we go again. I’ve seen this again and again over many years. Because silencing freedom of speech of those who disagree with someone else is virtually impossible in these days of internet communications, the very act of suggesting undesired speech be restricted is counterproductive as this internet publication shows. It is self-defeating because Mary Krueger is portrayed in a far worse light than whoever the speaker is or what he/she said on a National scale. The best choice for Trustee Krueger (if she has any self-control) is to stay silent, ignore the speaker and carry on as if nothing that offended her was said. You make a fool of yourself when the law is not on your side. I have learned from my own personal experience that not continuing the conversation is best.

  3. “…when that speech is continually based on wild conjecture, riddled with incorrect facts and delivered with hatred and vitriol…”

    When I heard that I thought she was talking about the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, our very own Dick Durbin and many of the so-called Hollywood stars (self-appointed experts).

    And then I thought she couldn’t have been. Because much of their speech is continually based on wild conjecture, riddled with incorrect facts and delivered with hatred and vitriol. And I have not heard anyone calling for their right of free speech to be relinquished.

    • “…when that speech is continually based on wild conjecture, riddled with incorrect facts and delivered with hatred and vitriol…”

      When I heard that I thought she was talking about the Washington Examiner, FOX News, Sinclair Networks, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Steve King, Mike Pence, our very own Ann Coulter and many of the so-called Hollywood stars like James Woods(self-appointed experts).

      And then I thought she couldn’t have been. Because much of their speech is continually based on wild conjecture, riddled with incorrect facts and delivered with hatred and vitriol. And I have not heard anyone calling for their right of free speech to be relinquished.

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