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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

A very bad week showing how we regard our brave military

This week was a disgusting, despicable display of how America views its military.

Granted, there are millions of Americans that wholeheartedly support our men and women in uniform. This week demonstrated there aren’t enough of them.

I present two glaring examples.

In my view, the First Amendment isn’t like taffy that can be stretched and pulled to cover just about any activity/speech the ACLU would support.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals. In other words, even the lowest scum bags enjoy freedom of speech. The high court voted 8-1 Wednesday in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas.  Some church. Real Christians.

The decision upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral.

Ultimately, this means that future protests at military funerals (God kills fags!) will continue and grow.

Chief Justice John Roberts:

Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and — as it did here — inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. As a nation we have chosen a different course — to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.”

The lone dissenter, Sam Alito:

Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.”

Read more here.

Free speech is not an absolute. There are restrictions. Allowing families of our fallen military families to grieve should be one of them.

If that isn’t enough to draw shrieks of outrage, how about our president’s alma mater booing a wheelchair-bound hero.

Once again, you won’t see or hear about the story on CNN, any network or local news outlet.

Conservative columnist Larry Elder writes:

"’Racist!’ shouted some ColumbiaUniversity students at an Iraq War vet. Other students reportedly ‘hissed and booed.’ Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who spoke at Columbia three years earlier, received better treatment from the audience.

The subject of the students' scorn? Former Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Maschek. The 28-year-old
Columbia freshman and Purple Heart recipient served in Iraq. During an attack, he was shot 11 times, suffered two broken legs and sustained injuries to his abdomen, arm and chest. He spent two years at Walter Reed, where one leg was amputated. He uses a wheelchair.

What possessed students to dishonor a man, a volunteer, who nearly lost his life to protect the right of these students to jeer? Consider the jaw-dropping nationwide near-unanimity of left-wing, strength-through-peace thinking by college humanities professors. Conservative or libertarian profs practically deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act.”

You can read Elder’s column here.

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