In a surprising move, a Tea Party conservative is calling for limiting freedom of speech, bolstering the government’s power and creating a conservative safe space for climate deniers.
Rep Larry Lockman is sponsoring LD 711, a bill intended to prevent climate deniers from “getting treated like heretics”. His bill would help create a cozy safe space for those deniers. Within that space, there would be no more getting offended when people try to use ‘facts’ and ‘evidence’ to contradict baseless claims. Ironically, this is the very same type of safe space that conservatives often criticize the left for needing.
Under the insincere guise of not wanting his own speech limited, he’s looking to limit the speech of critics, like those who are attempting to prevent companies like ExonnMobil from committing fraud by lying to the public about climate change.
Normally known for wanting to limit the government’s power, this Tea Party member wants to bolster that power to insure those who wish to commit fraud can say whatever they want without consequence. What’s next? The Tea Party requesting lots of unnecessary taxes for luxurious social programs?
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James is resident of Auburn, a member of the Auburn Democrats, the Maine Young Dems, Maine People’s Alliance, and the Communication’s Coordinator of the Androscoggin County Young Dems