Tag Archives: free speech

in the eyes of the beholder

Trump

I fought to protect the right of my fellow citizens to have the freedom to demonstrate their beliefs. What might be disrespectful or offensive to me might be a deeply held belief for someone else. We have become far too sensitive to “slightly offensive behavior,” while totally ignoring and turning a blind eye to truly offensive actions that we need to speak out against.

Our First Amendment

We must not forgive that we have rights. Some of these rights are already under attack by the #BLOTUS administration. We all need to speak up to defend the basic rights granted to the American people by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The right of a free press is already being targeted. And the right to assemble is also receiving pressure. This is a dangerous and slippery slope, and the first steps of any totalitarian regime. We all must stand up for every one of these rights.

power, propaganda, and the loss of freedom

I recently allowed myself the pleasure of rereading Orwell’s 1984. I am so glad I did since we are now seeing it unfold right before us. We are actually entering into the virtual reality of living in the 1984 world.

Animal Farm is next on my reread list. Like 1984, I know I will enjoy the book again. And also like 1984, I know I am going to see lessons that are reflected in the world in which we now find ourselves.

I want to reread some of these classics while I still have the freedom to do so. The way things are going that might not be possible in the near future.

BLOTUS has been in office less than a full week, and the fourth estate is already “the opposition” and “the enemy.” First silence the press. Then silence free speech. Lie, lie, lie and keep on repeating the lies until even the absurd begins to sound reasonable.

And in the end, do whatever is necessary to eliminate dissent.