Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
This Christmas, instead of wishing for that latest, greatest iPhone or tablet, perhaps we should be asking for something that will last for generations to come—the right to freely speak our minds in the public square without fear of censorship or reproach. It is our constitutional right, after all.
When our forefathers adopted the First Amendment to the Constitution in 1791 they couldn’t see into the future. They could never have fathomed a world so intimately connected by the Internet. And they certainly couldn’t have imagined a situation where one could post hastily written words to a social media platform and blast them out across the globe in mere seconds.
Though they couldn’t envision any of those things, our forefathers could predict one thing: free speech was (and is) worth preserving and protecting. This is clear in the wording of the First Amendment to the Constitution:
“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.”
Take a look at the line related to freedom of speech. There we learn that no laws (rules) are to be made “abridging” (curtailing, reducing, restricting) our freedom of speech.
Consider for a moment, what Big Tech is doing to conservatives. They’re making arbitrary “rules” to restrict what we say. And they’re doing it all while enjoying special immunity under Section 230 (federal legislation passed more than 20 years ago to protect media companies from being sued for content on their site). Because they are enjoying legislative privileges, it can be reasoned that they are working in tandem with Congress to silence us. This, of course, is in direct violation to the First Amendment and it’s something we cannot sit idly by and watch. Our very government is working to silence us.
They might as well say, “Shut up and go home,
conservatives. We’ve pressed the mute button.”
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
Our founding fathers would be rolling over in their graves! Two of them, (George Mason and James Madison) were credited with the authorship of the Bill of Rights. Can you imagine what they would think, if they could slip through a portal in time and land in 21st Century America? Instead of giving us pats on the back for all of our modern marvels, would they, instead, weep over how far we’ve drifted from the Constitution? If they took the time to figure out platforms like YouTube and Twitter, would they recoil in horror at the revelation that our rights were being stolen?
This Christmas, let’s ask for the spirit of Mason and Madison to permeate our hearts. Their concept of unabridged speech is one we all need to adopt and enjoy. May we never forget the original intent of the First Amendment. If we do, our children and grandchildren—and all who call themselves conservative—may well lose their voices forever.
To Join the fight against censorship, sign up for our FREE daily newsletter – unapologetically, uncensored. Sign up here.