KASSAM: The Swamp Just Bounced Trump Into A European-Style Assault on Free Speech

Pro-Muslim protestor carrying a sign saying 'No Freedom for Hate Speech' as opposing groups of protesters clashed over the M-103 motion to fight Islamophobia during pro-Muslim and anti-Muslim demonstrations in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on March 04, 2017. Canadians across the country staged similar protests against Islam, Muslims, Sharia Law and M-103. These protests were met by counter protests by those supporting Muslims and in favour of M-103. M-103 is a private members motion put forth by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid that asks the government to 'recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear' and condemn Islamophobia, as well as all other kinds of 'systemic racism and religious discrimination.' (Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Many Americans don’t seem to appreciate as much as outside admirers do, that the United States is the only country in the world with a commitment to free speech enshrined in the nation’s Constitution. Many nations do not even have codified constitution of which to speak. Which is why it is almost more egregious to the outsider than the American that such protections are under assault, not just on the streets of Berkeley or Charlottesville, but in your legislature — and soon in your Oval Office. This afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed President Trump would “absolutely” be signing a resolution drafted by Republican and Democrat lawmakers “condemning” hatred. “He and [Senator Tim Scott] talked about that and discussed that and agreed that that was the appropriate place to be,” Sanders said. “In terms of whether or not he’ll sign the joint resolution, absolutely, and he looks forward to doing so as soon as he receives it.” But the resolution is manifestly a ruse — the first line of attack in a new wave of assaults against free speech in America. Let’s examine what the motion, passed by both legislative chambers early this week, says. The preamble, in