Attack on Free Speech

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What you saw on the evening of March 11, 2016 in Chicago was the culmination of eight years of Obama. What transpired on that evening was ignorant people, emboldened by a leftist President, undermining the intent of the Constitution. The first amendment guarantees a person’s right to protest, that is true enough. But It also guarantees a person’s right to speak. Perhaps if our college students, as Dennis Prager points out in his article titled “The World Is Getting Worse, But This Time America Won’t Save It”, weren’t being  lectured incessantly about “White Privilege,” “systemic racism,” “income inequality,” “homophobia,” “hate speech,” “climate change” and whatever radicals care about.” they might actually learn something. Perhaps, if leftist professors weren’t so infatuated with propaganda, and actually taught their students meaningful lessons about history, these protesters might know about the Brandenburg v. Ohio Supreme Court case in which the court ruled “Freedoms of speech and press do not permit a State to forbid advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.” This case involved a member of the KKK who was arrested because of his racist views. In short, the court ruled that no matter how vile something that someone says is, that speech is still protected by the Constitution.

The First Amendment applies to the government’s restrictions on free speech, and not citizens.  Therefore, no laws where broken last night, except of course any acts of violence or any other criminal activity, which is a separate issue altogether, but I am still very upset over what transpired. My outrage is that there is a growing movement of people who advocate the silencing of dissenting views. My outrage is that because some people do not like what Trump has to say, they want to silence him. What they fail to see, or simply don’t care, is that in silencing him, they also deny people the opportunity to listen to what Trump has to say. They deny people the ability decide for themselves whether or not they agree with Trump. I see it as forcing your views on other people. Some people don’t like Trump, so Trump can not speak. These people have heard Trump, and they have decided that, even if you have not heard him, you are not entitled to hear him. They have made up your mind for you. They know better. When you silence a thought, it promotes breeding of that thought. When you tell people that they can’t listen to something, it makes them want to listen even more. Rather than silencing a man you don’t agree with, let him speak, and then use the opportunity to explain why you think he is wrong. If you silence him, you just make him a martyr and his anger his followers. I am not even a Trump supporter, and I am angry.

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This must galvanize us. If you are a Trump supporter and Ted Cruz wins the nomination, YOU MUST VOTE FOR TED CRUZ. If you support Cruz, and Donald Trump wins, YOU MUST VOTE FOR TRUMP.  We must lot not let our first amendment rights to be stripped away from us! If we do not stand up for our rights now, we will lose not only those rights, but the ability to defend those rights as well. Because there is no question in my mind, four more years of a Democratic administration will ensure we will be silenced forever. Empowered by political correctness, fueled through indoctrination by the media and academia, there have been groups who have been assaulting free speech in our universities, in our work places, and in our every day lives for quite some time now. If we don’t put a stop to it right here, right now, we are in grave danger of losing our right, and many others as well. Now is the time! I will support, with every fiber of my being, WHOEVER the Republican candidate in November is. I beseech you to commit to do the same.

For those of you who don’t support any Republican, let me ask you this: if a mob of people prevented a gay couple from THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to get married, what would you say? I would DENOUNCE IT. If a mob of people prevented a woman from getting her CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to an abortion, would you be upset? I would CONDEMN IT! My personal views on either of those issues is completely irrelevant, and your personal opinion of Donald Trump should be just as irrelevant. Imagine how angry you would feel if a mob did either of those two things, because that is how angry I am tonight. That is how angry millions of Republicans are right now. I am OUTRAGED, that Trump, a man who is not my first choice for the Republican nomination, was denied HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT of free speech! What is wrong is wrong, whether I like the person being wronged or not! This evening, AMERICA SHOULD BE OUTRAGED! Remember the quote by Martin Niemöller the prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Do not overlook this because it was Donald Trump. Today it is Donald Trump, tomorrow who know’s who it will be, but eventually, it will be you. But hey, I’m just a cop.

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4 thoughts on “Attack on Free Speech

  1. Chris Larkin

    If we all agreed on everything, we would not need to protect free speech. The law’s reason to be is the protection of the very speech that some people hate.

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  2. Andrew

    No one suppressed anyone’s right to speak. The fact that Trump’s mob would have burned down the campus because of their hate mongering is the reason the protest was cancelled. Trump speaks. He has to deal with the consequences of his words.

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  3. Imjustacop Post author

    Andrew, while I thank you for commenting, I am going to have to disagree with you. To say that it is a “fact” that “Trump’s mob would have burned down the campus” is simply just not true. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to prove or even support that statement.

    In regard to the “consequences of his words”, protesting his words, absolutely. Silencing his speech because you disagree with it, I’m sorry, but silencing dissenting opinions is wrong in my opinion.

    Again, I thank you for your comment and for reading my blog post.

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