Since President Ulysses S. Grant welcomed the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1869, it has become an American tradition – a part of our history as a nation – for championship college and professional sports teams to visit the White House.
Now, the Golden State Warriors have allowed their petty political bias to break more than a century’s worth of American tradition as the franchise announced on Thursday that the team will still travel to the nation’s capitol to celebrate their 2017 NBA Championship, but will be visiting a D.C. school rather than the White House.
Oddly, after months of talking about the visit, and their disdain for the President, in the media, the team will not allow the media to be present when they visit the school.
It has been common knowledge since last September that the team wouldn’t be visiting the White House after President Donald Trump publicly disinvited the team in response to near constant attacks by Golden State guard Stephen Curry.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
According to ESPN, after the President revoked the team’s invitation to the White House, the Warriors’ far-left head coach Steve Kerr allowed the players to decide that the team would visit a local school instead.
“It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans,” Kerr told ESPN. “I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.”
In announcing the team’s plans, Golden State forward Draymond Green attempted to divert the story from politics, despite months and months of his teammates making the story entirely about politics and their own divisiveness.
“At the end of the day, it’s about us celebrating a championship, so there’s no point in getting into the political stuff and all that,” forward Draymond Green told ESPN. “It’s about something we did great. Why make it about [politics]?”
Does the Arizona Constitution Provide Means for Lawmakers to Crack Down on Big Tech Censorship?
Does the Arizona Constitution provide protections from Big Tech?
The Arizona Constitution provides stronger protections for freedom of speech than the First Amendment does, potentially providing legislative solutions to Big Tech censorship in the state at a moment where political censorship is more pervasive than ever.
Article 2 Section 6, Arizona Constitution states that “Every person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. “
This differs greatly from the federal constitution in that it doesn’t limit the powers of a legislature to restrict freedom of speech. The US Constitution identifies “Congress” as the body it’s restricting from making a law abridging the freedom of speech.
The speech rights established by the Arizona Constitution are thus expressed positively; recognizing a right belonging to the people, as opposed to negating an infringement of said right.
Quite obviously, the Arizona Constitution was written in an 1910, an era in which the internet would’ve been just as inconceivable as it was in 1789.
In a 2019 Arizona Supreme Court case, the state’s highest court recognized in a 4-3 judgement that the Arizona Constitution provided greater protections than the federal constitution. The case recognized that violations of the First Amendment would represent de facto violations of the
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Arizona Attorney General, or state legislature, could hold Big Tech oligarchs to account for violating the Article 2 Section 6 rights of Arizona citizens- especially in a context the major platforms are collectively adjudicated to be acting as a trust in order to suppress competition and silence lawful speech.
Three Arizona legislators called upon Attorney General Mark Brnovich to begin an antitrust investigation into Big Tech oligarchs following the coordinated deplatforming operation against Parler, in which both Amazon and Apple colluded to restrict the free speech platform from the internet.
In an era where the overwhelming majority of free speech is communicated online, the censorious actions of Big Tech very plausibly represent an assault of the right of free expression guaranteed in the Arizona Constitution. Both chambers of Arizona’s legislature remain Republican, even as the state has become purple, and action against Big Tech censorship on the state level could become a real possibility in the coming years.
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