Facebook has decided to start censoring "hate speech." I cannot think of an issue that so well illustrates the value of the Constitution.
Now, to be honest, Facebook is a commercial enterprise and has every right to censor it's content. Just as its subscribers have every right to find some other social media outlet that has a better grasp of the necessity of the public discourse, which, by nature, must be free from restriction.
But, what Facebook has decided is that it wants to control the debate, allowing one side to freely express itself and restricting the other side. It has chosen to be a megaphone rather than a telephone. It wants to allow others to speak to us, but will not allow us to speak to them. To me, that is a really poor business model, but that is what they have chosen to do. It is a poor business model, because if they were intellectually honest, they would wind up disposing of nearly all of their accounts save for the Mother Teresas of the world.
This is exactly the sort of behavior exhibited by those who must not be trusted with leadership. They are incapable of responsible use of power. To them, if they can silence those with whom they disagree, they will. That is not the act of someone who understands America.
The Constitution protects free speech. Now, there was a reason that speech was protected, but those in control of Facebook have never read the Federalist Papers or even the Anti-Federalist Papers. They have never read Miracle in Philadelphia, or they would understand the arguments behind an amendment that protected free speech. Trust me, there were no political figures of the time that did not suffer greatly from pamphlets written by their political enemies, but even in the heat of those political battles, none suggested that the First Amendment be abolished, because they were educated men, not Facebook petty tyrants.
It seems like ever since Barack Obama made hating America popular, every little tyrant with the slightest amount of power has exercised it against freedom. Facebook is just the latest example, following the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, PayPal's suspension of accounts (usually those of a conservative nature, like mine) and etc.
This is a narrowing of the discourse, that's all. This is how genocides are started: identify, target, restrict, censor, imprison and slaughter. The first act of a tyrant is to vilify a particular race or political sect. Can you tell the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite? They can and they were willing to kill each other over what small differences there are.
All we are seeing from Facebook, is a willingness to identify, target, restrict and censor; when they get around to being complicit in the imprisonment and the genocide is yet to be determined, but it is obviously within their limited mentality to do so.
This blog, however, does not restrict comments, never has. Only when it has been besieged by robots does it ever, even for the shortest period, turn comments off. But then, I believe in the dialog; the value of discourse, especially with those with whom I greatly disagree. But, this is being lost in society. The liberals scream "diversity" and "tolerance" and show a penchant for neither. It is not allowing the speech of those you admire that shows character, it is allowing the speech of those you detest.
The United States is quickly turning into everything the Soviet Union represented as evil, albeit with more resources and wealth, but essentially, in all ways that matter, we have become the enemy we feared. As soon as the Cold War was over, we lost the peace. We willingly became the enemy, because we did not truly understand the value of the Constitution, the very real protections it offers a free people. But a free people are only free when they refuse to enslave themselves. Once enslaved, freedom is no longer an elective. That is the sad truth of our situation. We are slowly enslaving ourselves, most of us thinking that we can later vote to regain that freedom, but that is a freedom we will never have again. We barely have it now. Look at all the power coming to bear on Trump's campaign from the Republicans. The Democrats don't even have to worry about Trump, the Republicans will destroy him first.
That is because Trump is not in on the enslavement game, not yet anyway.
Everything since 9/11 has been directed at taking the final steps to encourage the American people to vote themselves into slavery. There is no way to vote oneself out of it, however. That sort of reversal requires a war and only then if the forces of liberty win.
Ask yourself how long it will be before you are unable to use the word "bacon" without being thrown off of Facebook; before it costs you your job, because only "hatespeechers" are banned from Facebook and no one wants to hire a "hatespeecher" who would be so insensitive as to use the word "bacon."
Laugh now, while you still have the freedom to do so.