“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire, 1906



The Bluffton Police report (attached) detailing Skip Hoagland’s removal from the December 8 2015 Bluffton Town Council meeting was released today and was, predictably, void of any significant detail.

In fact, reading the report one might almost guess Hoagland was removed for coughing loudly. There was nothing to indicate an infraction, only that a judgment was made. But what a colossal judgment, about one of the most crucial and inherent rights of American citizens, the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

Apparently, Bluffton’s thin skinned Mayor, Lisa Sulka, cannot abide speech that is unpleasant to her ears.  So she used her bully pulpit, and summoned town law enforcement to have Hoagland removed (blithely ignoring that pesky amendment)!

Yet not a word about that anywhere, let alone anything that justifies the suppression of that right.  And town law enforcement?  Just “good soldiers” following bad orders. Where in the law does it give Sulka, or any mayor, the right to use law enforcement personnel to enforce “rules” rather than “laws”?