Poll: Bernie Sanders Supporters Want to Ban Offensive Speech

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A new, illuminating poll from the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports proves that fans of Bernie Sanders (and Elizabeth Warren) don’t just want to see authoritarian leftists in control of healthcare and college tuition. According to the poll’s results, these voters would also like to see the federal government take a heavier hand in regulating what we think and say. In an astounding rejection of the First Amendment, voters who support Sanders are in favor of seeing people jailed for “offensive speech.”

From the Washington Examiner:

When asked, “Should federal or state governments ban speech by individuals that a majority of Americans believes to be offensive, including speech considered to be racist or sexist,” most likely voters (50 percent) said “no,” while 27 percent said “yes,” and 24 percent said they were “not sure.”

Yet a full 51 percent of likely voters who said they have a “very favorable” view of Bernie Sanders said governments should ban “offensive” speech. Thirty-six percent of those with a “somewhat favorable” view of Sanders agreed. Similarly, 49 percent of those who had a “very favorable” view of Elizabeth Warren also supported speech bans, as did 37 percent of those with a “somewhat favorable” view of her.

If a likely voter said he or she would support such a speech ban, the pollsters asked him or her, “Should those who violate such bans against offensive speech be punished with jail time?” Of the 27 percent of voters who supported speech bans, 48 percent said people who violate these bans should be punished with jail time.

Yikes.

But while these numbers are disturbing, they aren’t altogether shocking. You would have to be blind not to see this coming. The same people who support Sanders (and, to a lesser degree, Warren) are the people who spend their days on Twitter, looking high and low for people to “cancel” for saying anything that isn’t sufficiently woke. It’s only natural that they should want to take this power to the next level. Why stop with social media pressure when you can enforce your speech codes with the full backing of the armed state?

We’d love to go down the usual argumentative road of explaining to these people that they don’t want politicians deciding what qualifies as “offensive” for the purpose of crafting new hate speech laws, but we’re resigned to the fact that they are immune to this logic. As much as they like to pat themselves on the back and applaud their own intelligence and grasp of “nuance,” they are like children when it comes to any remarks that might offend a [insert minority group of your choice here]. If they ever got the “sticks and stones” lesson, they clearly rejected it. Drunk on the power of being able to ruin someone’s career, destroy their reputation, or even send their stock prices plummeting, they’re unable to see how these tools could be used against them. How could that ever happen, when they are so very holy and pure?

It’s all the more ironic that their favorite insult for anyone right of center is “fascist.” Projection, thy name is the modern left. God help us all.