Hypersensitive Cops Use Internet Stalking Law to Punish YouTube Meanie I have to say that this is an example of "be careful what you wish for." As a lefty, I've always been disturbed by my compatriots' insistence on legislating so-called hate speech. I don't believe such a category should even exist. I've crossed swords with them many times over this. Speech is speech, and freedom of speech is exactly that. That means you have the right to say nasty, insulting, offensive things to me or to anyone else. There might be consequences for your saying those things -- in the form of social opprobrium or perhaps a punch up the glob -- but you still have the right to say them. We shouldn't be legislating speech. The impulse behind these laws may have been virtuous, but the effect is still stifling and repressive.