On the lighter side — #MadamSecretary #TeaLeoni – last night’s Madam Secretary TV episode had Madam Secretary’s ”neighbors,” read “HOA,” serving notice of serious violations: security detail was disruptive, running their car engines all night, as required by protocol, was annoying, people coming and going and parade of tourists disturbed the peace and tranquility of the community. The HOA threatened a law suit that included a demand that Madam Secretary to move out.
In an act of good faith, the HOA was invited into her home to discuss the concerns of her neighbors, at which these serious concerns were voiced. Not being able to appear due to an issue of international importance, her husband tongue lashes the neighbors for their pettiness and narrow-minded views, and throws them out.
However, upon the return of Madam Secretary, with another act of goodwill, she must call the President to order the security detail to turn off their engines, at least for that night.
The issue remained unresolved at the end of the episode.
I wonder how the court would deal with such a predicament. Consider that on Jan. 11, 2016,
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a portion of a federal law making it a crime to wear an unearned military medal is unconstitutional and violates an individual’s right to free speech. “Suppressing a symbolic communication threatens the same First Amendment harm as suppressing a written communication,” Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote in the majority opinion. “Wearing a medal has no purpose other than to communicate a message.” (US v. Swisher, App. 9th Cir, No. 11-35796).
This ruling was held in spite of the purpose of military valor medals signifying “that the recipient has served the military efforts of the United States with valor, exceptional duty, or achievement worthy of commendation.”
This overriding attachment to protecting free speech, regardless, is leading to the decay and disorder within our society. It reflects a bias by the courts favoring the passions of the people, which would eventually lead to chaos followed by dictatorship to restore order. History would repeat itself, even here in America.