I am an extremist when it comes to free speech. The only limits we should respect are the restrictions against defamation by slander – making oral false and damaging statements about another person — or libel – making false written statements or creating false images damaging about another person. That’s it. Everything else is protected – or at least should be – by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Obnoxious, offensive and disturbing as it may be, hateful speech must be protected by the First Amendment or no speech is safe from censorship and oppression. Once we step on to the slippery slope of arbitrarily determining the boundary of free speech based on controversy or political viewpoint, we will have nullified the First Amendment.

Truly free speech means that we have a right to say things that are not popular or even offensive. That is why I am offering up a new hashtag in defense of our inalienable First Amendment right to say whatever we damn please. #CROW means that when we want to “crow” about anything – whether it is Crude, Rude, Offensive or even Wrong – it is our right to do so.

It is proper that our legal system protects us from the destructive power of slander and libel, and it is reasonable to restrict speech that incites riots or violence – and even prevents us from yelling fire in a crowded theater where no fire exists, as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote. But when our language is being censored by private interests or by political pressure, we are undermining that First Amendment.

When Facebook, Twitter or any of those other social media platforms arbitrarily censors #CROW speech – that’s Crude, Rude, Offensive or Wrong, in case you forgot — we have already gone too far. Those platforms should be free of ALL restrictions on content.

Conversely, we should not hold the social media platform legally libel for content that appears. If one Facebook friend slanders another, there are laws to deal with that. Facebook does not have to get involved. If folks post fraudulent information, we already have laws to address that – as that recently indicted Russian lady learned.

The problem of regulating speech stems from the word “arbitrary.” Under the current left-wing culture of the social media giants, we see the capricious or maybe the intentional banning and censoring of a lot of language that is only politically offensive to their philosophic viewpoint – or even some that is generally offensive to those of use with more refined tastes.

Under their evolving corporate policies, you can get knocked off for using the n-word, but not if you call old white men “toxic” human beings – which one might see as violating the political correctness protection of old white men on the basis of ageism, racism and sexism. It’s a threefer.

The attack on old white men is so acceptable that the New York Times hired and defended Sarah Jeong, who unleashed the most vicious verbal attack on white men on Twitter, especially we older variety. Why is it that Nation of Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan’s rants against Jews survive the social media censors while Alex Jones gets booted? That is the problem with “arbitrary.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do not want to take away Jeong’s right to say all those ugly things about me and my kind. Same for Farrakhan. It is their right. And if the New York Times has no interest in protecting its fleeting credibility by defending Jeong, that is their right, too. It is up to an unfettered free society to judge them by their words, not by the government restrictions, not by social media censorship and not by some unofficial political correctness police force. We the people can ignore them. We can speak out against them. We can defend the people they attack. We can boycott the New York Times or withdraw from the Nation of Islam. Or … we can even respond with our own version of #CROW.

It is ironic that the oppression of #CROW speech should come at a time in our cultural development when hitherto offensive words that were limited to whispers and locker rooms are now to be heard across the news and entertainment spectrum – and overheard at almost any gathering outside the cloistered confines of the Sisters of Mercy. And God knows, how even they talk in private.

One of our most basic freedoms – and the foundation of all the others – is our right to #CROW.

So, there it ‘tis.

15 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Free Speech”
  1. Very well written article and one that expresses our most fundamental right. There would be no free speech “right” needed for “truths” universally accepted. But it is needed for speech that is acceptable to some but not to all. So-called hate speech is not an exception to this fundamental right; indeed this fundamental right is needed for discussion of ideas found to be unacceptable to some. … Puma

  2. you’re really a good webmaster. The web site loading speed is incredible. It seems that you are doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you have done a wonderful job on this topic!

  3. Dengan memilih untuk bermain di mesin yang membayar tuainan slot kasino gratis adalah dengan mengetahui jenis mesin di tempat itu. Beberapa mesin menutupi uang tunai aktual sementara yang lain tidak. Bermain mesin slot online yang membayar uang nyata memastikan bahwa gamer mendapatkan lebih banyak peluang untuk menang dengan setiap putaran.

  4. If you are looking to buy a baby pug, Black and white pugs, Mini pug puppies for sale, Black and tan pug for sale, Teacup pug puppies for sale, Female pug puppies, pug puppies for sale, pug puppies for sale near me, pug puppies for sale under $500 near me.
    Pug Puppies for Sale Near Me
    pugs puppies for sale
    teacup pugs for sale
    pug puppies for sale by owner
    pug puppies ohio
    pug puppies for sale in kentucky
    Pug Puppies for Sale Under $500 Near Me
    pug puppies for sale in texas
    pug puppies for sale $200
    pugs for sale near me under $500
    pugs for sale under $400 near me
    pugs for sale near me
    puppies for sale near me under $500
    pug puppies for sale under $1,000 near me
    pug for sale
    pug puppies for sale under $300
    Brindle Pug
    Pitbull Pug Mix
    Pugs for sale cheap
    Cheap pug
    affordable pug puppies for sale near me
    black pugs for sale near me
    White Pugs for sale
    pug dog for sale
    free pug puppies
    pug puppies for sale in my area
    mn pug breeders
    pug puppies indiana
    pugs for sale michigan
    Pug puppies for sale
    Pug puppies for sale near me

    Pug puppies near me
    Pug Puppies for Sale Under $500 Near Me

    Cute Pug Puppies

    Black pug puppies
    Black pug puppies for sale

    pug puppies for adoption

    black pug puppies for sale near me

    chihuahua pug mix puppies

    how much is a pug puppy

    teacup pug puppies

    baby pug puppies

    baby pug puppies for sale

    pictures of pug puppies

    pug puppies for sale in Ohio

    pug puppies price

    pug mix puppies

    teacup pug puppies for sale

    best food for pug puppy

    newborn pug puppies

    pug puppies craigslist

    pug puppies for sale craigslist

    adorable pug puppies

    how much does a pug puppy cost

    Pitbull pug mix puppies

    pug pit mix puppy

    pug puppies for sale $200

    pug puppies for sale in NJ

    Pug puppies for sale in Wisconsin

    pug puppy cost

    pug puppy food

    royal canin pug puppy
    royal canin pug puppy food

    fawn pug puppy

    pug puppies for sale florida

    pug puppies for sale in Indiana

    pug puppies for sale in KY

    pug puppies for sale in NC

    pug dog puppy

    AKC Registered Pug Puppies For sale

    cheap pug puppies for sale near me

    cheap pug puppies for sale in California

    cheap pug puppies for sale in nj

    Black Pug Puppies for sale

    pugs puppies for sale

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *