Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.
Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.
If speech that offends a group is outlawed, that group has absolute power, and a free society is destroyed. A group that cannot be criticized cannot be opposed. It can work its will no matter what it is, and no one will be able to say anything to stop it.
Civility vs. freedom: Why ‘offensive speech’ must be legal and protected in a genuinely pluralistic society.
Inoffensive speech needs no protection. The First Amendment was developed precisely in order to protect speech that was offensive to some, in order to prevent those who had power from claiming they were offended by speech opposing them and silencing the powerless.
Just like the Nazis, the communists, the fascists, and Muslim rule:
To HELL with free speech: Dem Rep. Frederica Wilson demands prosecution for those who mock Congress online
By Joe Newby, Conservative Firing Line, July 2, 2019
While speaking outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Florida, on Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson demanded that anyone who mocks members of Congress online be prosecuted.
“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable [sic],” she said. “We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted,” she added. “You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.”
Translation: To HELL with the First Amendment right to free speech.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s video of her comments:
A May 2019 Gallup poll recorded a 20% approval rating for Congress, whose approval rating has not hit 30% in 10 years.
Response to her fascist idea was pretty much what you’d expect.
Holy Fascism, Batman.
This cretin swore an oath to uphold an defend the Constitution. https://t.co/qZTahJ9vlU
— Dodd (@Amuk3) July 2, 2019
Does that mean everyone who mocks Republicans on social media should also be prosecuted? If that’s the case, half the country will end up in jail.
Note to Frederica Wilson: There’s a reason we have the First Amendment. If you can’t handle Americans exercising their God-given rights, then you shouldn’t be in office.
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