For the first time in my life and as an American citizen, I’ve had to contemplate about whether or not to speak. As an American citizen we are all guaranteed protections and freedoms under the Constitution, but we as a society have allowed those rights to be diminished and curtailed because we are scared. We can only lose those protections and freedoms by choice, by choosing to stand up to the growing tyranny of the Executive Branch and the political progressive who believe that only their voice and their beliefs should be heard in the public discourse.
I have decided to practice what I believe and to stand up against the forces of tyranny and repression. The above quote was made by President George Washington in a Speech to Officers at Newburgh in 1783. More than two hundred years have passed and the quote is still relevant. My right, your right, the rights of those we disagree with is under assault by those that believe their rights and beliefs trump those that disagree.
First it was the incredibly disturbing news that there was a bill in the Senate (which has since made it out of committee) to amend the Freedom of Speech provision of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Why isn’t this being covered every day by every news organization as a threat to a free and democratic republic? Simple answer is that those news organizations will use the proposed amendment to further their own agendas and to silence those that speak other truths.
Now comes the disturbing revelation, again no coverage by main stream media, that the National Science Foundation has granted an admitted supporter of left-wing agendas $1 million of your tax payer money to develop a database of “hate speech” on social media sites. Nicknamed “Truthy” the database is the second biggest threat to freedom of speech American faces today.
What constitutes “hate speech” for the database? What happens to those deemed to have engaged in “hate speech”? Hell, what is “hate speech” in the first place? I have no doubts that what the database will track are the social media postings of Americans that stand up to tyranny and who fight to protect their freedoms and guarantees under the Constitution.
No, Mr. President and Senator Reid your views are not the only ones that have a right to be heard and viewed in public. Your continued reign of tyranny must come to an end. Your failure to uphold your oaths of office (“I hereby swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States…”) is unforgivable. Your attempts to silence the voices of opposition will result in the opposition losing many a battle (possibly) but ultimately winning the war.
We are Americans and we shall not be silenced in the face of tyranny and oppression.