Free Speech & Hurt Feelings

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Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 12.11.05 PM“…”there will always be authorities who try to make their own lives more comfortable by suppressing critical comment.”…”  Bill Williams

Just a little FYI: 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.  For the ignorant out there, this is the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  Justice Louis Brandise, in Whitney v California, in 1927 wrote the following:

“…Those who won our independence . . . believed that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that without free speech and assembly discussion would be futile; that with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine; that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government…”

In other words, there should be no laws protecting twits from getting their feelings hurt, and then demanding the person who  hurt their feelings to be silenced.  According to FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai, we are starting to see a drastic infringement on freedom of speech, in order to prevent hurt feelings.

Washington Examiner
Washington Examiner

On Friday, conservative columnist RS McCain was suspended from Twitter. He annoyed someone, and they complained. Instead of investigating the situation, they then suspended his alternate account. He upset some rancid feminists.  Like so many others, I disagree with him, a heck of a lot of the time.  I could disagree with him all the time, and still fight for his freedom to Tweet.  The idea is to now make Twitter a ‘safe place’ where certain protected groups of individuals won’t get their feelings hurt.  Just don’t report the freedom loving Muslim who keeps bullying you because you dare tweet something that is contrary to his world view.  With twitter, as with much of the free world as we no longer know it, only certain people and thoughts are allowed to be freely expressed.  Everything else is banned.

Robert Tracinski wrote:

“…No, really, that’s what a “safe space” is. As one student explained to a New York Times reporter, she needed a “safe space” after briefly hearing a conservative speak on campus because “I was feeling bombarded by a lot of viewpoints that really go against my dearly and closely held beliefs.” Safe spaces are not about freedom from harassment or physical threats. They’re about freedom from intellectual opposition….”

The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who retired early from teaching.  She is now in charge of one of the major beauty pageants here in the US.  It is just one of those things that happened, and she is the least beauty pageant person in the world.  I needed to have a battery jumped.  She lives above me, and had to throw on some clothes.  She’s been on the phone all day dealing with Millennial age beauty contestants.  She said this group of girls are so dump and poorly educated they are stupid.  They refuse to help themselves.  When you say anything too them, they get upset because they are no longer in a safe place.

If this is any indication of the future of this country, dealing with Millennials who are afraid of having someone say something contrary to how they feel is a prime example of helicopter parenting gone wrong.  They are the generation who wore helmets when swinging.  They had helmets for tricycles and hot wheels, for gosh sakes.  They had to have a booster seat in the back seat of the car until they were old enough to drive.  Teachers dared not correct them.  No one could express a differing opinion to them.  They were not taught to think critically.

God help us all!

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