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  •  I don't think that the test involves the (1+ / 0-)
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    size of the audience.  Show me where he says, "You there, yeah you, go commit this crime!  Now!" since that is what Brandenburg requires.

    What he does do is more insidious.  He demonizes, and more importantly dehumanizes, a large fraction of the population.  This is indeed a necessary step towards ultimately inciting violence.  And it is wrong and repugnant in a civilized debate.  It debases both him and our political system.  And it's possible (in fact, it has happened) that some nut that listened to him went off on did something violent.

    That said, I just don't see where he has said something that meets the standard in Brandenburg without an overly broad reading of "inciting" or "imminent".  One that I doubt would come close to holding in court.

    Justice deferred is justice denied. -MLK

    by zephron on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 02:40:11 PM PDT

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    •  I agree with you that at this very moment (0+ / 0-)

      the courts would probably agree with your position.  But as I said, I think things may change.

      Impeach judicial activists Roberts and Alito!

      by Timaeus on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 04:08:54 PM PDT

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