A critical and foundational statement in the Declaration of Independence is, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Likewise, the First Amendment to our American Constitution is vital if we are to remain free. It declares, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
I never cease to be amazed at how little most Americans know of the Constitution and how few of those teaching in institutions of ‘higher-learning’ accept the document in its original construction and intent. The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is restricted from passing any law that abridges or infringes upon our Freedom of Religion, Speech, or Press. Yet, Congress has for decades done just that and today we are on the brink of losing many if not most of our inalienable and constitutional rights.
I am not sure which the followers of toxic liberalism want to abridge or rescind first, Freedom of Religion or Speech. I am not sure those will come before their assault on the Second Amendment and our Right of Self-Defense embodied in the Right to Keep and Bear Arms but they will come. Those are all in the crosshairs of their agenda as is States Rights and our Right to Personal Property. We, in those empowered in government, are simply tools to provide funds and the manpower to achieve their purposes. We are not, in their view, the owners and overseers of government.
In 2021 America, I am convinced that it is a virtual impossibility to defend Freedom of Speech and be a Democrat. I realize that my declaration will make me persona non grata to many and I will become the target of the followers of the ideology advanced by that political party. I am sad to say that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find elected Republicans who truly defend Freedom of Speech and our other inalienable and constitutional rights. The Elitist and Establishment of both political parties appear more interested in protecting their position and place than serving as our representatives and doing our business governmentally. That presents a plight that I will get to at another time.
I do not support or endorse people being malicious and rude. There is generally no reason for that. It is one thing to hold a view that is offensive to a person holding a different view but another to be arbitrarily mean-spirited, rude, and malicious. There is no justification for calling for sedition or inciting riots. Intellectually, factually, morally, ethically, biblically, and constitutionally arguing a position can be done with the context of civility. Please understand, I am neither a dove nor a hawk when it comes to war but if we must fight for the right to be Free, we must fight and fight to win.
Just one short generation ago someone could say, “this is not politically correct” and then make their remarks knowing it might offend some. Both sides understood that we had the inalienable and constitutional right to our thoughts and views. We were free to express them, and others were free to challenge them or reject them. In that, we saw the diametric contrast between the Communist control of language and speech and the American way of liberty. The speaker might fully understand that others would likely take exception to their view but knew that they had the God-given right to their personal view as did the hearers.
In 2021 America and over the past decade or so, if you say something that is deemed by the powers that be “politically incorrect” you can and may lose your job. You may find that you are not accepted into a university or a club based on our views. The Social Enforcers or PC Police are active and Big Brother is watching all the time. Social Media records our every word and modern technology our activities. We are under the microscope continually and many live with the paralyzing fear of crushing one of the eggshells that we are forced to walk on.
Just a generation ago rather than demanding censorship of the speaker people would walk away if they found the conversation offensive or unpalatable. Today, the Snowflake world and PC Police want to incarcerate any and all who offend the sensitivities of the liberal left. They are allowed to offend those of us on the other side but demand that we comply and embrace their view or sit in silence. That is not Constitutional nor is it biblical. That is the view of much of the Left and the majority of the Democratic Establishment. That is one of the reasons I say it is impossible to be a Democrat and support Freedom of Speech.
I am old enough to remember the little rhyme we were taught to deal with differences of opinion and name-calling. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That was considered an important comprehension for adolescence. It was viewed as a necessary understanding as we became adults. We were taught that everyone did not agree and that was okay. We were taught that we did not have to retaliate tit for tat and insult for insult. We were taught that we were not entitled to a life free of offense. We were taught to GROW UP!
If there is such a creature as a “Free Speech Democrat” it is time for them to WALK AWAY from their party and join those of us of all political stripes who support that basic and foundational freedom. If Speech is not Free for Everyone it is Free for No One! Sadly, many on the Left, some on the Right, virtually all in the media and academia seem to believe that the First Amendment only protects the modern progressive snowflake mentality and bans anything from conservatives, Christians, and constitutionalists. That must end!
Another dimension in the fight for Free Speech is being launched from those who do not believe in God or have a skewed view of the Bible. A Pew Research Poll conducted in October 2019 revealed that those identifying as atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular religiously increased from 17% to 26%. That is disturbing to me. Additionally, the poll indicated that those identifying as Christians decreased by 12% to 65% during that same timeframe. That is doubly disturbing. Before the Pandemic Isolation, only 54% attend only a few services annually or less. I connect the assault on Freedom of Speech to that decline or increase in non-believers of biblical truths and principles.
We are in a war for Freedom and it has begun with Freedom of Speech and will extend to all our Freedoms, Liberties, and Rights. We are marching rapidly toward a totalitarian authoritarian governmental structure where the jackboots of tyranny will suppress us. If we do not awaken from our slumber and unite, we will not survive. Mario Murillo and others have said, “Christianity will survive without America, but America will not survive without Christianity.” I believe that is correct!
God bless you as you awaken and take your position on the frontlines of battle fighting for Faith, Family, and Freedom in America.
HAPPY NEW YEAR – May 2021 Be a Year of Joy and Blessings to All.