Thursday, June 02, 2016

Is lèse majesté coming to the USA?

Let's start with the definition, courtesy of Merriam-Webster: 

Definition of lèse–majesté

  1. 1a :  a crime (as treason) committed against a sovereign powerb :  an offense violating the dignity of a ruler as the representative of a sovereign power
  2. 2:  a detraction from or affront to dignity or importance

Since when does American law hold lèse majesté to be a crime?

I was shocked, though not entirely surprised, to hear Donald Trump say that Hillary Clinton should go to jail for having criticized him.  I've been voting for over 40 years, and I can't remember ever having encountered a candidate for public office who had such a thin skin.  In my opinion, Trump, if elected president, will do everything in his power to limit freedom of speech and freedom of the press because he simply cannot tolerate being criticized.  Apparently, he thinks he's entitled to exemptions even from matters having nothing to do with taxes.



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