Succumbing to the Israel lobby, California's Governor Jerry Brown, a once Pacifica radio host, Saturday signed AB 2844, Assemblyman Richard Bloom's (D-Santa Monica) 10-times amended bill to chill criticism of Israel.
In this relatively uncharted tech landscape, the state can easily and indiscriminately spy on us, invade our privacy, and push the limits of democracy with little regard for the consequences of such widespread abuse.
When Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of institutional bias during the national anthem in a recent pre-season football game, the gesture unleashed a wave of pro-anthem, anti-free-speech indignation that has dominated the social media landscape ever since.
Although a fierce believer in free speech, I must admit that I have never been a great fan of protesters who interrupt and disrupt speeches (whether it is at a political rally for either party or the State of the Union Address).
American freedom can tear America apart. Freedom abused by some means freedom threatened for all. The practitioners of hateful speech may be exercising their rights, but they dishonor and weaken America.
Otto Zipp Klavern, a Donald Trump supporter, lives by himself in Yahoo, Florida, where he works as a door-to-door asbestos and lead-based paint salesman. Klavern says he loves America and hates what's happened to it.