My reply: The Supreme Court was right to strike down California’s video game law

Note: The following link, The Supreme Court was right to strike down California’s video game law, is an op-ed that was written by Professor Catherine J. Ross of the George Washington University School of Law, in Washington, DC, which appeared in my local newspaper over the weekend. My reply to her piece follows. Enjoy!

July 6, 2011

Professor Ross,

I read your supportive op-ed of the Supreme Court’s ruling, which struck down California’s violent video game law as a violation of free speech. I can only wonder how this same ruling might be applied towards children, who are out of school for the summer, and watching endless hours of pornography every day, on their computer. Is this a matter of free speech, as well? Are there no natural boundaries in this society where extreme capitalism always profits at the expense of the individual and this very sick society?

We are, indeed, a warped nation and Scalia’s majority opinion that its “difficult to distinguish politics from entertainment, and dangerous to try” seems to only confirm it. It’s a pretty dishonest and lazy statement to make for someone who safely holds his job as a justice for life. It certainly runs counter to one of Thomas Jefferson’s famous quotes – “For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead”. Scalia and the majority didn’t even bother to investigate it. The court has failed to protect the American people. That’s long been the case with this court and Washington, in general, for some time.

The nation’s capital is a morally corrupt city with all these crazy ideologies that simply don’t work, in any of the three federal branches. All are in a mess. There’s no better example than the following. Currently, the Republicans in Congress and the president are engaged in a game of Russian roulette, with over 300 million Americans being held hostage, and all of us are staring down the barrel of a gun over the federal debt limit and the possibility of this government defaulting on its loans.

To think that some in Washington (the high court) are above it all is total nonsense and lacks all truth. You live there (working at GWU), I don’t. I see what’s going on, but I think you’ve lost your objectivity. You’re in the soup and you’re just another cooked rabbit trying to make waves.

Once again, the disease called Washington has quickly spread and infected all of America. We have become a toxic nation at the hands of a relative few and I think your piece has added your name to this notorious and very dysfunctional Beltway society. The lack of reality as our country is coming apart, at the seams, is truly insane and mindboggling to watch. Y’all should definitely be quarantined.

Rather than support the rights of children to get their hands on any and all X-rated material, why don’t you use your position, as a law professor, and your talents more constructively by telling your fellow Washingtonians something they’ve not heard in a very longtime – the truth? It would be shocking to see and hear, but very refreshing. You should try it some time.

Ted Burnett
Daphne, AL

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