The Comment Of The Day Weekend concludes with a short but trenchant installment by Still Spartan. It does the metaphorical heart of old Ethics Alarms good to see such spirited and unequivocal defenses of free speech here in response to a shocking flirtation by a major news network with the idea of banning “hate speech,” publishing Noah Berlatsky’s juvenile opinion piece.
(Believe it or not, there are two more Comments of the Day waiting from the same post.)
Does this confirm the frequent accusation that the blog is over-subscribed by conservatives? Perhaps. Nobody here seems to be defending Berlatsky, and of late, I can’t recall any conservatives or Republicans claiming that “hate speech” isn’t protected by the Bill of Rights. Just people like Berlatsky, his two confused law professors, CNN star Chris Cuomo, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (guess what party?) former DNC Chair and Vermont Governor Howard Dean, Black Lives Matter, the Democratic mayor of Portland, Vox, indoctrinated college students, professors like Berkeley leftist George Lakoff, and college presidents.
Are there any votes for Donald Trump in that group? Never mind Trump: Mitt Romney? Any Bush? John McCain? James Madison? Voltaire?
Here is Still Spartan channels Voltaire in her Comment of the Day on the post, An Ethics Alarms Holiday Challenge! Identify The Rationalizations, Logical Fallacies, Falsehoods And Outright Errors In This Essay Advocating Limits On Speech…
I have liberal friends who think counter-protesting or banning certain speakers on college campuses truly is the way to a more peaceful and enlightened society. I have conservative friends who are outraged/disgusted at gay pride parades, and quite frankly would be more comfortable going back to the days where gay men hid in heterosexual marriages or became that special uncle who remained a life-long bachelor.
Why is it so challenging to comprehend that ALL speech has to not just be defended, but vigorously defended? In a country that is so polarized, I certainly do not want President Trump and his DOJ determining what is okay for me to speak and write. Similarly, I am sure that many people would be uncomfortable if a President Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders had that power. And with the NSA having the power to capture information on any citizen with a click of a button, we all have to scared if the right to speech is encroached.
While it is easy to poke at certain liberals for that jaw-dropping logic on free speech, some of the blame needs to be shared by white conservatives, who largely remain silent on issues of racial, gender, and economic equality. And I understand that these conservatives are not necessarily doing so because they are against equality, but simply because time is limited and you can only get your dander up so many times while holding down a job and supporting a family. But silence often reads as acceptance, which then leads to the problem of liberals thinking they are only ones who stand against extremist views.
The Handmaid’s Tale should be required watching/reading for all college students (I actually think the series is better than the book). Regardless of your political views, you have to retain the right to speech, associate, religion in the people. The government cannot get involved or you might be the one who ends up in a red dress.
I am not a gun owner, and I don’t subscribe to the belief that a citizen militia could successfully oppose a modern day U.S. military. But the day that the government infringes on my speech is the day that I apply for a gun permit. Maybe I can take out one or two of these bastards at least before I am gunned down.