What is happening to “Freedom of Speech” these days? You turn around and Facebook is banning ads from a Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives because she takes a swing at the Pol Pot regime of Cambodia? And they call that “hate speech”?
Meanwhile, the hatred of Donald Trump flows totally unabated. Not just on Facebook, but everywhere in the liberal mainstream media. And now, one US Senator has called on basically the left taking over the internet. Why? Because he’s afraid that a few sites that frankly, ARE hate filled, are going to sway voters into voting for more conservatives and fewer liberals.
Democrat Chris Murphy from Connecticut recently tweeted about the need to ban sites on the internet. Here’s his tweet:
“Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it.”
Now, I’ll be the first to say that Infowars, and it’s owner, Alex Jones is very much a hate-filled, and fake news site. People that read it and believe in the stuff Jones says really don’t do their homework. The problem I have with Murphy’s tweet is that Infowars and conservative sites are indeed exactly what he says, but he says nothing about the fake news and hatred spewing from places like NBC, MSNBC, the New York Times, and Washington Post, as well as tons of other places (like “The View”?).
I would tell Murphy to be very careful. I once told a guy from my church who was opposed to something and thought the group should be censored for what they were saying that the same knife that cuts out their First Amendment rights, could very well be the same knife that cuts out his First Amendment rights on something he believes in.
There is nothing illegal about being stupid or having a wrong viewpoint. The mere fact liberalism exists is living proof of that. But if you take out Infowars and Alex Jones, you also are going to have to go the other way, and I’ve got a hunch Senator Murphy would be against that. That’s pure partisanism, and that’s not what the First Amendment is about.
By the way, the survival of our democracy has withstood many more dangerous things than something like Infowars, or NBC. It’s survived much worse. If the left is talking about doing away with Jones’ right to free speech, it’s going to come back and haunt them when Chris Murphy decides to do something like post a tweet calling for banning such websites. It’s going to ban Chris Murphy’s comments (or Rosie O’Donnell or Whoopi Goldberg, or any of the other crazy left-wing nut jobs out there!).
So, be careful Chris. I’m really surprised someone that could rise to the level of being a US Senator could be so callus about something so sacred as “Freedom of Speech” and the “First Amendment”. I thought you guys were in favor of that one…or is it just when you say something that the First Amendment counts?
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!