I have to say that I rarely agree with a Leftist. But in your case, I agree with you in totality! How can any problems be solved much less addressed if everyone is not allowed to say anything they want.
I prefer to have everyone to state their ideas and positions completely and clearly so I’ll know who is on “my side”. I also want people to know what “side” I am on.
It has always struck me as odd that people of any political stripe who are for freeing society or even the world from oppression would want to oppress those that don’t share their views by removing their right to think and speak freely. Unfortunately, I see this attitude to be more prevalent on the left than on the right although that may be more a matter of perspective than actual fact.
Free speech is never easy. As a matter of fact, I feel that the United States is one of the few places that comes anywhere near to getting it right. There is all manner of speech policing in many European countries and many governments will even jail people for speaking their mind! Hell, many of the discussions we have in the U.S. wouldn’t even start in Great Britain.
Look at the fix they’re in! Instead of open dialogue and a “melting pot” culture, they have speech limiting laws and partitioned communities that live completely in their own culture and share nothing with their countrymen. Eventually, there will be social upheaval mark my words. And when it happens, it will be really devastating.
To my thinking, restricted speech can only lead to totalitarianism. The government will be the arbiters of speech and those with a view that varies from those in power will be suppresses and thus oppressed.
Even though I may not share your worldview, I will fight for your right to peacefully speak and to be shielded from violence . . . even if it means I have to put myself physically between you and an attacker.
So you’ll understand me, here follows some quotes from others that express my views:
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
- Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
-Upton Sinclair (1878–1968)
“We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
- Winston Churchill (1874–1965)
“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is Liberty.”
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take everything you have.”
- Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
“It is the prohibition that makes anything precious.”
- Mark Twain (1835–1910)
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968)
“Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigor of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind.”
- Edward Gibbon (1737–1794)
“If guns cause crime, all mine are defective.”
- Ted Nugent
“A man with a gun is a citizen. A man without a gun is a subject.”
- John Lott
“Taking my gun away because I might shoot someone is like cutting my tongue out because I might yell Fire! in a crowded theater.”
- Peter Venetoklis
“Peace and love can only be secured when you are willing to fight and die for them.” -Me