What a douche. There’s no nice way to say it, and frankly, I wouldn’t waste my time trying to find one because this guy deserves none of that. You see, in this country, there’s a cost for our freedoms, and idiots like this are part of the cost that we must pay to have freedom of speech. Yes, he can legally say anything. I can as well. But his actions in taking his speech too far have made a horrible situation worse. He’s the boy who cried “FIREWOLF!” and he should pay for his actions.
His payment must fit his crime tho, and technically there wasn’t one. Yes, it’s akin to yelling fire in a crowded theatre, (which, considering the events in Aurora, that particular example is now probably more dangerous than it was, if you spend a moment to think about it) but it’s still free speech.
And where do you draw the line? When you incite violence in others your speech isn’t protected, but I can easily think of times when we’ve celebrated exactly those actions. (For those of you who missed it, our Revolutionary War was, in fact, WAR, and don’t think for a minute that the writings of our Founding Fathers weren’t seen as seditious, traitorous, dangerous things.) But that doesn’t excuse this asshole for what he did.
You see, we’re not in a war with ourselves, but many people, on both sides, forget that. Most people running for office are trying to do what they see as right. Some are misguided, others believe different things, but on the whole it’s hard to find truly evil people out there.
Until you see someone try to make a natural disaster into a political tool by making things appear to be worse than they are. His actions diverted time and energy from people in the area who were trying to help, as they faced and tracked down his wild stories, only to have to repudiate them. The lost focus and energy is unconscionable, and his actions were unethical and immoral. Anyone who was working with him needs to sever their ties, and he needs to be left to fend for himself in the wilds without the support of the government programs he has disparaged, so that the error of his ways can at least serve as a lesson to others.
Freedom isn’t free, and there is a huge cost when idiots threaten it with foolish actions.