I think freedom of speech is largely disappearing nowadays. Say one thing that the masses say they do not agree with (even though some do but they do not admit it), and every gives you shit until they forget about it or you leave the vicinity. Also, there are now certain words or topics that once you say the word or discuss the topic, everyone goes crazy, and again, keeps giving you shit. The loss of freedom of speech is the worst thing that has happened in the United States because this will have future reprecussions that will cipple the democracy of the United States.
True, and a perfect example of this is the recent story of Obama’s foreign policy advisor Samantha Power being pressured into resigning after she simply stated (off the record, by the way) that Hillary Clinton is “a monster,” a truth which most of us hold to be self-evident.
And now we find that Howard Wolfson, one of Hillary’s aides, is also feeling the heat after having implied that Obama was using tactics that were just a teensy bit like those used by Ken Starr, the relentless independent prosecutor who went after the Clintons for various high crimes and misdemeanors in the previous century.
Hardly fighting words, and yet people are calling for Wolfson’s resignation as well, including former Senate Majority Leader Tom “Anthrax” Daschle, who had these bons mots to say:
“I don’t think that you can make a statement like that and consider yourself within the bounds of civility. I mean, this shouldn’t be tolerated. It’s not acceptable, and it’s unfortunate.”
I don’t really give a rat’s patootie for the troubles of anyone on either Obama’s or Hillary’s staff, but the idea that we have come to a point in the history of our nation that a mild insult lobbed at one’s political rival is enough to cost one his or her job frankly sickens me. This is the sort of thing that I can see happening in Russia or Britain, but not in the United States.
And thus we mourn the imminent demise of the First Amendment…
…while thanking God that we still have the Second.
The funny thing is, when I was in Ukraine and looking at the political conflicts currently happening there, you can truly see the right to freedom of speech being employed. People say what they want and do not give a shit what anyone else thinks. If a political member got insulted, then they had two choices: respond or do not care. Everything is said, and no one cares. And Ukraine was part of the USSR. I believe that people do not appreciate the rights that they are lucky enough to have in the United States until they actually lived in a society where they did not have those right.