I think there is something terribly wrong with the Left. When I started hanging out with liberals in 2012 it was not like this. The changes have occurred the past two year. They have been drastic and almost chilling to the point where I like a number of liberal ideas when it comes to people, but I can’t tolerate what I see going on here. Those on the left have become even more unhinged than the minions of the far right. They have become so unhinged there is almost a systemic attempt to silence entire segments of the American population simply because they do not embrace the same ideas.
There is an increasing tendency among liberals to mention that perhaps free speech should be limited. We are seeing it with demands being placed on individuals who do not approve of one issue or another. If someone expresses an opinion contrary to a popular group or cause, it is deemed ‘hate’. Kelefa Sanneh recently wrote:
“...Speech nuts, like gun nuts, have amassed plenty of arguments, but they—we—are driven, too, by a shared sensibility that can seem irrational by European standards. And, just as good-faith gun-rights advocates don’t pretend that every gun owner is a third-generation hunter, free-speech advocates need not pretend that every provocative utterance is a valuable contribution to a robust debate, or that it is impossible to make any distinctions between various kinds of speech. In the case of online harassment, that instinctive preference for “free speech” may already be shaping the kinds of discussions we have, possibly by discouraging the participation of women, racial and sexual minorities, and anyone else likely to be singled out for ad-hominem abuse. Some kinds of free speech really can be harmful, and people who want to defend it anyway should be willing to say so….”
Who is to be silenced?
I think I can answer that question, but when I do, I will be labeled something quite nasty. There are some very ugly bullies on Twitter and social media who are attacking as racist those of us who are saying their irrational hatred and rampage against all things Southern. We are damned as evil when pointing out that it is nothing less than cultural cleansing and censorship when anything, no matter how historic, should be removed or covered with a proverbial fig leaf in order to appease the ignorant. And, they are ignorant.
You cannot have a free country without freedom of speech.