Who is stomping on our free speech rights? Who is working to silence public speech?
This is where you find out if YOU are into democracy or fascism. Are you allowing free speech? What about hate speech? What about the speech of climate skeptics? Liberals, anti-Trump’ers, pro-Trump’ers, and Conservatives?
If you think any of these ideas should be restricted from public speech you are more in the fascists’ camp than the democracy camp.
The Liberal-Progressive side of society has fallen into the trap of Hate Speech being illegal. Berkley has transitioned from the birthplace of Free Speech to its grave site.
We each have to examine where we are standing on these issues. For instance, if you are conservative, does Kathy Griggin have a right to express this idea:
If you are a liberal or Progressive, does Rachel Maddow have as much right to be on TV as Sean Hannity? More, less?
How you answer tells where you are on the scale of freedom. Is your political ideology more important than your freedom? Or just more important than my freedom?
If you think you are on the side of freedom, free speech, and democracy then you should know about the hashtag #StopTheScalpings and the website Media Equality Project.
There are those working to silence people by organizing to boycott and intimidate the advertisers of those they want to silence. Conservatives and Libertarians think free speech is more important than their ideology and have never significantly organized to silence public speakers. That is going to have to change.
Organizations we think of as Liberal and Progressive think it more important to remove opposing ideas from the public discourse than permit free speech. They have numerous well-funded and organized groups working to boycott and intimidate the advertisers of those espousing opposing ideas.
So, in opposition to wrongheaded Liberals and Progressives, those from all political ideologies that understand the value of free speech are stepping up to oppose a minority of the Left. Thus, the creation of #StopTheScalpings and the birth of the website Media Equality Project.
When the Left stops attacking our freedom, we can back off attacking their spokespeople.
If you are for free speech, help them.
If you don’t want to support them why? And what does that say about you?
The idea is that bad ideas (think hate speech) can best be combated with better ideas (often the truth). I suppose that is unfortunate for the Left. The minority working to silence others doesn’t have better ideas. Thus, the need to stop people from hearing the better ideas.