Opinion

Value Free Speech Now

speakRemember the danger that Dr. Ben Carson spoke of at the Prayer breakfast in Washington DC a few years ago?  Dr. Carson warned, “We’ve reached a point where people are actually afraid to talk about what they want to say, because somebody might be offended.”

If people are afraid to voice their concerns, or their ideology because they will be shouted down our nation will suffer the consequences. America has achieved its greatness in part because we have been an open society that allows many voices the chance to be heard, not the phony open society of  progressives who only want to hear the echo of their own voices. Sadly, the danger Dr. Ben Carson spoke of has grown. We must all begin to speak out now,  before we no longer can.

I recently completed reading Dinesh D’Souza’s book America, Imagine a World Without Her. The last chapter  “Decline is a Choice” was especially alarming. It contemplates the possibility of a quick collapse of Western civilization. Those of us who value our individual freedom to pursue happiness and speak freely should consider this quote beneath the heading of this chapter and spread its warning to others.

“We are so used to the world being Western, even American, that we have little idea what it would be like if it was not”   Martin Jacques, When China Rules the World.

I am not saying that “Western Civilization” has an exclusive understanding or desire for individual freedom. I think individual freedom is a natural right and desire of humans, no matter where they are born. But I also think there are many past, present and future  tyrants who have and will try to take these natural freedoms away from individuals. If we do not recognize that and fight now to hold on to the right to speak freely, we may be forced to live under conditions of tyranny that others have suffered for much of humans existence in the world. We must not expect that these freedoms will always be there for us if we don’t value and protect them. At the very least, we should speak out for the rights of all to speak out, whether or not we always agree with what they are saying.

By - Diana Erbio

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Smike
5 years ago

We have gotten to a place in American where we “The People” are not willing to stand up for our rights. You have a right to your opinion and thoughts. You do not have a right to slander or accuse falsely. I tell bosses, friends and others, “Don’t ask for my opinion if you don’t respect that I can have my own opinion that may differ from yours”. In my opinion Wilson made the right call. They’d be all over Lynch…the first time. We as Americans have a responsibilty to those who gave their lives for our freedoms. Stand up… Read more »

Chuck
5 years ago

It is far past time that we should wake up and stand up for our God given rights; and one of the most basic rights we have is that of free speech. The whole idea of “political correctness” reeks of bullying, controlling us, and denying us our most basic right. It seems that nobody can say anything anymore without having to be seriously concerned with, at the very least, being socially ostracized, condemned, or worse, financially or physically harmed. We all need to be much bolder and stand up to this bullying. People who promote political correctness in my mind… Read more »

Chuck
5 years ago

If the Hilabeest is victorious, or Pocahontas for that matter, I wouldn’t give you 2 years before anyone with an opinion contrary to THE LAW will be in prison or impoverished by the IRS as the enforcement tool of the Thought Police. This is serious stuff. I’m expecting the Jon Stewarts and Bill Mahers to squeal the loudest when it is their turn…when their idols turn the tables on them.

Ed
5 years ago

Title should be: Always Value and Defend Free Speech and the Rest of Your Rights (Not just now)

We have to be willing to step up and defend those things we value at ALL times. Otherwise the Burglars of Progressiveness will continue to rob us of all our rights.

Step up!

Gregory Brumfield
5 years ago

I THINK WE SHOULD INCREASE THE DEATH PENALTY BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE JUST GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER AND OUR SYSTEM IS ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN. FOR INSTANCE THE (BOSTON MARTHON). NOW I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT THAT WAS WHAT I MEANT BY THOSE TERROIST GETTING AWAY WITH, MURDER OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS TO LENENIT AND TO STUPID TO CAST JUDGEMENT ON EVIL DOING. HOWEVER IF I WERE HEAD OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM I WOULD ISSUE OUT THE (DEATH PENALTY) ESPECIALLY THE TERRIOST. THANK YOU REGRADING MY COMMENT AND MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA.!!!.

Lincoln Sorensen
5 years ago

Suzanne, the method these days is to make rules and laws with fines, penalties and taxes rather than promoting the “right” way to live. Honor and truthfulness are scorned. The most blatant example recently was Ried claiming Romney hadn’t paid his taxes. Romney quickly proved that a lie but the majority (the majority of those who voted, anyway) cared not about the truth, nor the flagrant lie and voted for Romney’s opponent anyway. years later when confronted about the lie Rieds nonplussed flippant reply was “he didn’t win did he?” We have waded out far enough now into the swanp… Read more »

DA
5 years ago

Hey Diana, I noticed you just wrote a kids book. IMHO, it makes sense to try to talk to kids. Their minds are still forming the overall worldview that will dominate their lives. Even that is not easy. Just try having a conversation with a recent college graduate. When it comes to climate change, for instance, one may as well be back to 1938 talking to hitler youth. Nonetheless, it is still possible with patience. As to adults, anyone who has attended a ‘mixed’ function knows what I mean. Adults have many years of intellectual investment and precedent to defend.… Read more »

Suzanne
5 years ago

Thank you so much for this article. We recently had an “anti-harrassment” meeting at my job, which was not at all about
giving each other respect for our differences. It was to teach us what we were not allowed to say if we didn’t want to be brought up on charges. Is this really how we want to live?

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