Some view me as somewhat of a broken record, continually discussing the assault on our liberties, freedoms, and inalienable rights. Others consider me a conspiracy theorist and alarmist and have disassociated themselves from me, saying I am too extreme.
I have those who laugh at those charges and say, “Roy is not extreme enough.” Your opinion of me depends on your preference, position, and worldview. But I am not the subject; the issues confronting all of us are. I am just a voice, albeit sometimes I feel like a lone voice. But, when I get into that mindset, I am reminded of the prophet Elijah, lamenting to God that he was the only one left. God said, “Sorry, son, but I have 7,000 here who have not bowed their knee to Baal.” Sometimes, I need that reminder.
Are our days numbered as the Free Constitutional Republic formed by our Founding Fathers? Have we become so intimidated by the potential charges hurled at those who dare not march to the politically correct drummer? Have we become so obsessed with tolerance that we have abandoned reason, conviction, and foundational understanding of the Bible and the Constitution? Have we willingly checked our freedoms at the door of the fact-checkers, PC police, and governmental activists? Have we lost sight of the danger and damage doing so can produce?
It is time to press the Freedom of Speech issue and insist on an open, honest, and thoughtful discussion. The level of censorship we have endured for the past few years should be profoundly disconcerting to all lovers of freedom. It should cross political party lines and resonate with every American who wants to have what our Declaration of Independence recognized and sought – “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
In today’s politically correct WOKE world, the various arms of the federal government are used to investigate, intimidate, and eliminate any who would dare question the ideological and actual pursuits of the followers of toxic liberalism. That should cause the hair on the back of every American to stand up and should cause concern. The fact that it does not seem to bother many and is even applauded by some is doubly frightening to this American.
If one suggests that the government is corrupt, they are immediately placed on the watch or hit list of the various federal agencies and bureaucracies. I recently heard a preacher tell how all his bank accounts were frozen because the FBI was investigating everyone who used credit cards during the January 6th timeframe. He had to submit to a line-by-line audit of every item of expenditures and justify them. Even a bank vice president investigated and could not explain why it happened and why the overreach occurred. That VP is a Christian and has left the bank over excessive aggression toward anyone questioning the Left’s position.
The government today seeks to quash all reports and facts that expose corruption. They have even been guilty of planting seeds of false narratives to damage the truth and confuse the public. The media has been complicit. I do not like false narratives, regardless of which side of the political or ideological equation they come from. Truth should be our objective, and the freedom to discuss everything, and I mean everything, must be protected.
If one questioned Dr. Fauci and the veracity of the information he, the WHO, the CDC, and the government presented, they were labeled as anything but human beings. They hated grandma, hated, women, children, ethnicities, and more. The government’s censorship arm shifted into high gear and did everything possible to silence all who questioned their actions. We were called kooks, right-wing conspiracists, racists, homophobes, etc. The names and labels attached to our dissent are almost endless.
When the government has incentivized groups who bury the truth, the need for freedom of speech is exemplified prolifically. When the claim that the candidate the power brokers wanted to win did not, it was deemed plausible that foreign manipulation was the cause. If you challenged that, you were silenced in whatever way possible. There were threats of IRS investigation, descending 501-C-3 status, revoking government contracts, and crippling private enterprise.
Social Media rapidly became a censoring arm of the federal government and the toxic liberal agenda and WOKEISM. Our republic was established on recognition and protection of citizens’ inalienable rights. That ship has sailed for those seeking to control speech, thought, activity, spending, and travel. For the most rabid of that ideological philosophy, it is “Comply or Die!” The latter seems to be their preference, and they are no longer satisfied with trying to intimidate; they want to eliminate.
If we do not resurrect the open debate regarding Freedom of Speech, we will soon see the Conglomerate of Censorship entities quash all unauthorized speech. That is not the United States of America as founded but will be like every despotic regime where the Thought Police are actively monitoring all speech.
I am not sure whom to credit with this, but I believe it is apropos, “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without Freedom of Speech.” The First Amendment had more than a dual purpose but was at least dual in the reasons for its inclusion. The founders wanted to ensure that the federal government would NEVER be able to infringe upon religious freedom and to guarantee that the government would not establish a state-sponsored church.
The clergy was among the most influential, and their advice was the most sought after by our founders. The founders understood that morality and religion were necessary ingredients to have a stable society. James Madison’s clarion cry should resonate with each of us. He said, “The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.”
They also wanted to ensure that the government WOULD NEVER be able to prevent people from discussing issues. After all, had they not had open debate, they would never have arrived at the consensus required for the American Constitution and our System of Government. They did not want the government to be granted the ability to quash discussion. They wanted the public to have the freedom (a healthy requirement) to speak openly about issues of concern they had with the government. It was considered the lynchpin for continued freedom as a republic.
America, we either protect Freedom of Speech, or we will witness the disappearance of all our inalienable rights. We must press this issue, make it a public forum, and require all politicians to address it. If they support the suppression of this Freedom, we must not allow them to attain the office they seek. Our Freedom depends on our faithfulness to this cause.
God bless you, and God bless America!