Civil Discourse is Dead

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D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot

Remember when we used to debate one other in the public square? We’d get together at Thanksgiving or Christmas—or even in the hallways at work—and talk about the things we agreed on, and the things we didn’t? 

People have been doing it for centuries. I can almost picture the gladiators having a chat over the water cooler. 

Okay, maybe not that, but you get the idea. Debate is the way we learn from each other and the way we grow and change as human beings. 

Unfortunately, the days of good, old-fashioned debate are behind us now. Consider the following list of topics that we’re not unable to discuss: 

  • Vaccines or no vaccines? 
  • Masks or no masks? 
  • Impeachment or no impeachment? 
  • Police or no police?
  • Open borders or closed?
  • Socialism or democracy?
  • Gender fluidity or boy/girl?

See? Those last few raised a few more hairs on your arm. Maybe they even “triggered” you.

Call me old-fashioned but I like a good debate. That’s one of the reasons I’m most concerned about what’s going on right now with Big Tech and the Main Stream Media.


One of my favorite conservative news sources was permanently banned from YouTube the other day. They have hundreds of videos on their page, and now. . .they’re all gone. Forever. 


From what I understand, they posted some videos questioning the current vaccine. In other words, they hit on a taboo subject. And, in doing so, lost of 300,000 followers in an instant. That’s a hard number to match on alternative platforms. 

This raises a question in this old-fashioned country boy: 

Shouldn’t we be able to have different opinions without fear of censorship? 

I don’t really care if you’re an anti-vaxxer or in favor of vaccinations. That’s not the point, in my humble opinion. 

Or maybe that IS the point. Maybe that was always the point. 

I think we should be able to open discuss controversial issues, even with people who disagree with us. And every side—right or wrong—deserves a chance to state an opinion. 

  • Pro-vaxxers. Anti-vaxxers. 
  • America first. Globalism. 
  • Pro-Trump. Anti-Trump. 
  • Conspiracy theorists. Non-conspiracy theorists. 
  • Those who believe election fraud took place. Those who don’t.  
  • Environment. Jobs. 
  • Christian. Humanist. 
  • Pro-life. Those who believe in abortion. 
  • Pro-gay marriage. Those opposed. 
  • Pro-masks. Anti-masks. 

These might be tough subjects, but we’ve handled equally as tough topics over the past 200+ years as a nation. If no one had entered into civil discourse on hardball issues (like Hitler’s genocide of the Jews, for instance, or the KKK’s horrific abuse of African Americans) would we have grown and learned from the mistakes of the past? 

Gone are the days of civil discourse. Enter the days of Big Brother. He’s got a narrative that MUST be matched. Or else. 

These days, it looks like this: 

  • Pro-vaxxers. 
  • Globalism.
  • Anti-Trump. 
  • Non-conspiracy theorists. 
  • No election fraud or any mention of it. Ever. 
  • Environment. 
  • Humanist. 
  • Abortion. 
  • Pro-gay marriage. 
  • Pro-masks. 

The problem is, many of us often disagree with Big Tech’s interpretation of right and wrong because it’s always shifting. And shifting. And shifting. . .with every new wind that blows through. And yet we have no ability to debate that disagreement, which leaves us frustrated and angry that our voices aren’t being heard. 

Debate is good. Civil discourse is critical. And—right or wrong—everyone deserves to be heard. 

That’s just my opinion, of course. And, frankly, I’m wondering how long my opinion will be heard in the public forum. 



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