Americans See Speech as a Shield for Minority Rights and Liberty
US government and social media bans on free speech have caused an uptick in citizens who support this sacred American freedom as protected by our 2nd Amendment.
Government officials who seek to control our speech are trying to control what we think and what we do. And that’s contrary to the very idea of freedom. It’s contrary to the dignity of the human person. Our thoughts not only cause our actions, they are the most personal possession we have.
Censorship, controlled by radical owners of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media sites are attempting to control the narrative and our thoughts.
Contrary to what the socialist left would have us believe, seventy-nine percent (79%) of voters believe that free speech protects minority rights. A Scott Rasmussen national survey also showed that 64% believe no one is empowered more by free speech than the historically marginalized and dispossessed.
Only twenty-two percent (22%) think that those who support free speech are enemies of diversity. Sixty-nine percent (69%) reject that view.
Frederick Douglass called free speech “the great moral renovator of society and government.” Seventy-six percent (76%) of voters agree.
Douglass, born into slavery became one of the nation’s greatest orators. On the eve of the Civil War, he gave a speech observing that free speech “is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power. Thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, founded in injustice and wrong, are sure to tremble, if men are allowed to reason of righteousness, temperance, and of a judgment to come in their presence.”
As it applied to the dominant issue of his day, Douglass said “Slavery cannot tolerate free speech. Five years of its exercise would banish the auction block and break every chain in the South.”
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