How can elected officials be so oblivious and/or wrong about basic legal questions?
Let me introduce you to the police chief of Gilberton, PA, Mike Kessler:
Kessler has uploaded several profanity-laced videos to YouTube. In one video, Kessler berates “libtards” and warns of an armed rebellion against the government.
“F*ck all you libtards out there, as a matter of fact, read my shirt,” he says, turning around to show a message on his back which read, “Liberals take it in the a**.”
“You take it in the ass and I don’t give a f*ck what you say so you can all just go f*ck yourselves. Period. I wont be going to D.C. and I don’t give a f*ck. If you f*cking maniacs want to turn this into an armed revolt, knock yourselves out. I’m not about that, so see you on the other side.”
In a video on basic pistol defense, Kessler repeatedly shoots a picture of scary clown, which he says is Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He calls Secretary of State John Kerry a “c*cksucker” in another video before firing off an automatic weapon.
Tuesday on his Facebook page, Kessler called for a massive rally to “show these tyrants we will not stand for any more violations on our constitution or our freedoms.”
“I’m calling on all true Americans , all militia members, all true oath keepers to assemble, be ready to march on a tyrannical county government right here in Schuylkill county Pennsylvania, democrats are the true enemy of our country, our freedoms, our constitution, along with liberal news agency’s , liberal news reporters, much like hitlers nazis , time we clean these antiamerican thugs from office,” he wrote.
The mayor of Gilberton, Pennsylvania says she can’t fire police chief Mark Kessler because of the First Amendment.
She’s right that it’s free speech. She’s wrong that he can’t be fired for it. For a normal citizen, and also for Kessler, this is free speech: nobody could be prosecuted for saying these things. However, he can for damn sure be fired for it and he should be. Kessler has a responsibility to serve and protect all the citizens of Gilberton equally and he has just made it clear that he is either incapable of doing so or unwilling to do so, both of which make him unfit for the job.
Fire him immediately.