Recently, the Massachusetts state legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary considered a bill which would make it illegal to say the “b word.”  (I’ll spare you, but this is the same word frequently used to describe a female dog.)

Rep. Dan Hunt, a Democrat, introduced the bill which reads, “a person who uses the word ‘bitch’ directed at another person to accost, annoy, degrade or demean the other person shall be considered to be a disorderly person.”   

In other words, it would be illegal to call someone this derogatory name. Now, I’m not for disparaging other people, but there is such a thing as the Constitution.  And in America, people have the freedom to call out others… yes, even using unpleasant words.

According to Boston.com, the penalties “provide for a fine of not more than either $150 or $200, or jail time of up to six months.” You might be wondering how on earth these Massachusetts liberals want to enforce this law?  Well, anyone who is called such a word, or hears another being called such a word could report it to the police.

Sheesh.  Nothing like an unconstitutional law to turn a whole commonwealth into snitches.  As Foundation for Individual Rights in Education President Greg Lukianoff tweeted, “We will not reach our glorious utopia until we all talk like Ned Flanders.”

Brad Palumbo of the Washington Examiner does not like this either.  “This is, frankly, insane. Hunt’s wild censorious ambitions should of course not be ascribed to all Democrats, but there is little doubt that liberals across the country, especially on college campuses, are increasingly warming up to the idea of suppressing subjectively ‘offensive’ speech,” he wrote.  “This is simply that logic taken to its logical, albeit extreme, conclusion. Of course the word ‘b–ch’ is offensive when used in a nasty way, but guess what: Americans have the right to be offensive, rude, and even downright nasty. We can have a robust debate over the proper role of government, but there’s absolutely no justification for attempts to have the state police niceties and everyday conversation.”

Exactly.  People need to realize that living means getting offended eventually.  Though the “b word” is impolite, there are many other words that could also make the banned list.  Where will it stop?  Who gets to decide what is offensive?

Of course, that gets to the great thing about America – people will have different views that you find horrific. Thanks to the First Amendment, you can always combat bad speech with better speech.

Last time I checked, the Constitution still applied in Massachusetts.

Image Credit: Newtown grafitti on Flickr

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.