It’s no secret that in recent years, millions of Americans have found their voices silenced. Despite unprecedented technology and opportunity, many have never been more ignored, marginalized, and ostracized by our society. And it’s all thanks to the “progressive” left.
In the past, Democrats and classically liberal folks prized free speech. In fact, it was the only thing that gave them the right to share their views. Even before the Internet, free speech empowered minority voices to be heard and preserved things like the free market and education for all.
Yet today, the left has pushed the concept of “hate speech” as a means to silence dissent. If they don’t like what you have to say, they will do whatever they can to bully you into silence. In some cases, they have social media outlets complicit shadow banning users or outright shutting down their accounts. Platforms that made it big thanks to the free exchange of ideas are looking more and more like Big Brother.
Now, a leading justice on the Supreme Court is making it clear that free speech is the next big battle.
Justice Samuel Alito blasted the deterioration of free speech Thursday, insisting that protecting this right is one of the major tasks facing today’s Supreme Court.
“One of the great challenges for the Supreme Court going forward will be to protect freedom of speech,” Justice Alito stated in a live-streamed keynote address to the 2020 Lawyers’ Convention sponsored by the Federalist Society.
“Although that freedom is falling out of favor in some circles, we need to do whatever we can to prevent it from becoming a second-tier Constitutional right,” the justice said.
“We should all welcome rational, civil speech on important subjects even if we do not agree with what the speaker has to say,” he noted. [Source: Breitbart]
Alito is echoing a sentiment that most Americans once embraced. That even if you don’t agree with someone, they have a right to speak their mind.
But that view is quickly eroding in universities, public schools, and the media. Leftists continue to spread the idea that conservative views are racist hate speech—and should be silenced. They call speech “violence” and think it’s okay to oppose it with actual violence.
More and more, the left is creating a climate where it is acceptable to rob someone of their free speech, if you disagree with them. That is the root behind “cancel culture” and online censorship. Hell, Twitter tries to undermine the president’s own posts, with little disclaimers that essentially say, “We’re right, he’s wrong. And he’s not allowed to speak his mind.”
This will only get worse if we let it. Democrats in high places don’t want people defying their agenda. The best way to stop people from opposing them is preventing them from speaking their minds. Congress has long been called on to confront censorship online, but has been unwilling to revoke social site’s Section 230 immunity.
So, it will most likely fall to the courts to protect our most sacred rights. The Supreme Court frequently rules on cases that touch upon free speech. Alito believes that the fight will get more intense in the coming years. Major cases might emerge that will determine the fate of our freedoms.
The good news is, as long as we have leaders like Alito on the bench, our rights will be preserved.