This past May Day (AKA “Victims of Communism Day”), Illinois Senator Dick Durban attended and spoke at a rally with anarchists, international socialists, and the Communist Party USA, that was promoted by Occupy Chicago.
When questioned about his choice of company, Durban offered the lame excuse that he spoke at the rally because he “believe[s] in the Constitution” and that because the protesters had a right to free assembly and speech.
Of course, if any politician were to attend a KKK rally or a Furry convention, and tried to use that excuse, he/she/it would be hounded out of office. Yes, all those groups have a right to assemble and to speak their mind, but supporting their 1st Amendment right to do so does not require outright endorsement.
But then, to the far left, “anything that is not illegal in a socialist state will be mandatory.”
Hat Tip: Legal Insurrection.