The Definitive Treatise on Freedom of Speech

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The Definitive Treatise on Freedom of Speech

Thanks to our col­leges, high schools, Hol­ly­wood, and the news media; very few Amer­i­cans truly under­stand the con­cept of free­dom of speech in its entirety. I see, on such a reg­u­lar basis, so many mis­con­cep­tions about one of our most impor­tant God-​given Nat­ural rights. When it comes to free­dom of speech, the behav­ior of a cer­tain seg­ment of the polit­i­cal spec­trum has become most appalling. Silenc­ing those with dif­fer­ing polit­i­cal and reli­gious beliefs has become a nat­ural reac­tion to a great many on the polit­i­cal left. If you don’t agree with that state­ment, please explain to me recent events such as: tens of thou­sands show­ing up in Boston to silence a small group stand­ing up for free speech, riots at Berke­ley because one indi­vid­ual was sched­uled to speak, Antifa beat­ing peo­ple who dare to share opin­ions they don’t agree with, safe spaces on col­lege cam­puses, and so much more.

Free­dom of speech is not granted to us by the First Amend­ment. Each one of us is granted that right, along with all of our rights, directly by God. The First Amend­ment pre­serves that right by pre­vent­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment from inter­fer­ing with that right in any way. State Con­sti­tu­tions con­tain a Bill of Rights which pro­tects free speech, along with other Nat­ural Rights, of those liv­ing in that state against vio­la­tions by the state and local gov­ern­ments. If the First Amend­ment granted us the right of free­dom of speech then delet­ing or chang­ing that amend­ment would take it away. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment, mostly through the efforts of an out of con­trol Supreme Court, has dis­torted the mean­ing of the First Amend­ment so much that it is now used as a weapon to silence indi­vid­u­als and groups. That vio­lates the God-​given Nat­ural Right of free­dom of speech.

Free­dom of speech is far more impor­tant than people’s feel­ings. There is no right to live your life free from being offended. Every­one has a right to be offended by what­ever offends them how­ever no one has a right to silence any­one for any rea­son. Not lis­ten­ing or say­ing some­thing back is the only valid responses. Polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is fun­da­men­tally wrong because its adher­ents seek to silence any­one and any­thing that offends them. Polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is noth­ing but cen­sor­ship by mob rule. This does not vio­late the First Amend­ment because that amend­ment only restricts the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. PC cen­sor­ship does vio­late the God-​given Nat­ural Right of free­dom of speech.

Free­dom of speech applies to every­one. This includes the vilest, most hate filled indi­vid­u­als and groups. This view was shared by those that wrote and rat­i­fied the First Amend­ment. Even though I com­pletely detest the Ku Klux Klan, along with every­thing they stand for, I fully sup­port their right to spew their hate filled garbage.

Free­dom of speech pro­tects hate speech. Far too often hate speech is noth­ing more than speech that offends some­one. It is all too com­mon today for mem­bers of the polit­i­cal left to label speech, ideas, and philoso­phies of those on the polit­i­cal right as hate speech and attempt to ban those ideas. This behav­ior is ram­pant on Amer­i­can col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties. Even truly hate­ful speech is pro­tected. As stated before, even the garbage spewed by the Ku Klux Klan is pro­tected by free­dom of speech.

No one has a right to use their speech to silence any­one. Mobs or indi­vid­u­als shout­ing down or drown­ing out other speak­ers is not an exer­cise in free speech. It is a vio­la­tion of the free speech of the orig­i­nal group or indi­vid­u­als that are try­ing to speak. It is also a vio­la­tion of the right of an audi­ence to lis­ten to what they want to hear. Every­one has a right to speak and be heard no mat­ter how vile and dis­gust­ing they are. Every­one has a right to lis­ten to what­ever they want to lis­ten to. With the mob approach, free speech is only reserved for the largest and angri­est mobs. This approach will only lead to vio­lence, which has hap­pened all too often recently. The events in Boston last month were a dis­gust­ing dis­play of mis­guided indi­vid­u­als silenc­ing oth­ers. The media falsely labeled the orig­i­nal rally as hate speech by white suprema­cists and tens of thou­sands showed up to silence them, drown them out, or force the can­ce­la­tion of the event. Even if the rally was orga­nized by white suprema­cists, no one had a right to silence them in any way. Silently protest­ing them; while car­ry­ing signs, or peace­fully and respect­fully try­ing to engage in debate, would have been proper tech­niques to protest such an event.

Free­dom of speech is a two way street. Every­one has a right to crit­i­cize speech and behav­ior they do not agree with. Crit­i­cism is in no way a vio­la­tion of the orig­i­nal speaker’s right of free speech. I am reg­u­larly crit­i­cal of speech I do not like along with indi­vid­u­als and groups who engage in speech and behav­ior I don’t like. Often I use harsh or angry lan­guage when I crit­i­cize what I don’t like. Every­one is free to do the same. I never call for any­one to be silenced no mat­ter how vehe­mently I dis­agree with what they have to say.

Speech is never vio­lence. This claim has repeat­edly been made by the group Antifa who use this claim as an excuse to use vio­lence against those they dis­agree with. Because of this behav­ior Antifa is noth­ing more than a mob of angry thugs.

Vio­lence is never the answer to any­thing. That includes speech that you do not agree with or that offends you.

Cen­sor­ship is always wrong. Face­book and Twit­ter reg­u­larly cen­sor con­ser­v­a­tive and other right lean­ing posts, adver­tis­ing, arti­cles, and memes. The First Amend­ment and state Bills of Rights do not pre­vent this behav­ior because they are pri­vate com­pa­nies. This cen­sor­ship does vio­late the God-​given Nat­ural right of free­dom of speech there­fore it is wrong. Indi­vid­u­als have every right to not use those social media out­lets and implore oth­ers not to use them. I reg­u­larly use those social media out­lets to rail against their vile cen­sor­ship. I will share this arti­cle on both sites.

Forc­ing oth­ers to be patri­ot­i­cally cor­rect or morally cor­rect is just as wrong as forc­ing oth­ers to be polit­i­cally cor­rect. We on the right also engage in our own cen­sor­ship, although it is not as out of con­trol as that of the polit­i­cal left. There is noth­ing wrong with encour­ag­ing oth­ers to speak and behave as you wish. It is absolutely wrong to force oth­ers to com­ply and to silence them if they do not.

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Thanks to our colleges, high schools, Hollywood, and the news media; very few Americans truly understand the concept of freedom of speech in its entirety.   I see, on such a regular basis, so many misconceptions about one of our most important God-given Natural rights.  When it comes to freedom of speech, the behavior of a certain segment of the political spectrum has become most appalling.  Silencing those with differing political and religious beliefs has become a natural reaction to a great many on the political left.  If you don’t agree with that statement, please explain to me recent events such as: tens of thousands showing up in Boston to silence a small group standing up for free speech, riots at Berkeley because one individual was scheduled to speak, Antifa beating people who dare to share opinions they don’t agree with, safe spaces on college campuses,  and so much more.

Freedom of speech is not granted to us by the First Amendment.  Each one of us is granted that right, along with all of our rights, directly by God.   The First Amendment preserves that right by preventing the federal government from interfering with that right in any way.  State Constitutions contain a Bill of Rights which protects free speech, along with other Natural Rights, of those living in that state against violations by the state and local governments.  If the First Amendment granted us the right of freedom of speech then deleting or changing that amendment would take it away.   The federal government, mostly through the efforts of an out of control Supreme Court, has distorted the meaning of the First Amendment so much that it is now used as a weapon to silence individuals and groups.   That violates the God-given Natural Right of freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech is far more important than people’s feelings.  There is no right to live your life free from being offended.  Everyone has a right to be offended by whatever offends them however no one has a right to silence anyone for any reason.  Not listening or saying something back is the only valid responses.  Political correctness is fundamentally wrong because its adherents seek to silence anyone and anything that offends them.  Political correctness is nothing but censorship by mob rule.  This does not violate the First Amendment because that amendment only restricts the federal government.  PC censorship does violate the God-given Natural Right of freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech applies to everyone.  This includes the vilest, most hate filled individuals and groups.  This view was shared by those that wrote and ratified the First Amendment.  Even though I completely detest the Ku Klux Klan, along with everything they stand for, I fully support their right to spew their hate filled garbage.

Freedom of speech protects hate speech.  Far too often hate speech is nothing more than speech that offends someone.  It is all too common today for members of the political left to label speech, ideas, and philosophies of those on the political right as hate speech and attempt to ban those ideas.  This behavior is rampant on American colleges and universities.  Even truly hateful speech is protected.  As stated before, even the garbage spewed by the Ku Klux Klan is protected by freedom of speech.

No one has a right to use their speech to silence anyone.  Mobs or individuals shouting down or drowning out other speakers is not an exercise in free speech. It is a violation of the free speech of the original group or individuals that are trying to speak. It is also a violation of the right of an audience to listen to what they want to hear. Everyone has a right to speak and be heard no matter how vile and disgusting they are. Everyone has a right to listen to whatever they want to listen to. With the mob approach, free speech is only reserved for the largest and angriest mobs. This approach will only lead to violence, which has happened all too often recently.  The events in Boston last month were a disgusting display of misguided individuals silencing others.  The media falsely labeled the original rally as hate speech by white supremacists and tens of thousands showed up to silence them, drown them out, or force the cancelation of the event.   Even if the rally was organized by white supremacists, no one had a right to silence them in any way.  Silently protesting them; while carrying signs, or peacefully and respectfully trying to engage in debate, would have been proper techniques to protest such an event.

Freedom of speech is a two way street.  Everyone has a right to criticize speech and behavior they do not agree with.  Criticism is in no way a violation of the original speaker’s right of free speech.  I am regularly critical of speech I do not like along with individuals and groups who engage in speech and behavior I don’t like.  Often I use harsh or angry language when I criticize what I don’t like.  Everyone is free to do the same.  I never call for anyone to be silenced no matter how vehemently I disagree with what they have to say.

Speech is never violence.  This claim has repeatedly been made by the group Antifa who use this claim as an excuse to use violence against those they disagree with.  Because of this behavior Antifa is nothing more than a mob of angry thugs.

Violence is never the answer to anything.  That includes speech that you do not agree with or that offends you.

Censorship is always wrong.  Facebook and Twitter regularly censor conservative and other right leaning posts, advertising, articles, and memes.  The First Amendment and state Bills of Rights do not prevent this behavior because they are private companies.  This censorship does violate the God-given Natural right of freedom of speech therefore it is wrong.  Individuals have every right to not use those social media outlets and implore others not to use them.   I regularly use those social media outlets to rail against their vile censorship.  I will share this article on both sites.

Forcing others to be patriotically correct or morally correct is just as wrong as forcing others to be politically correct.  We on the right also engage in our own censorship, although it is not as out of control as that of the political left.  There is nothing wrong with encouraging others to speak and behave as you wish.  It is absolutely wrong to force others to comply and to silence them if they do not.

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