What is Freedom? Freedom of Speech?
Before we get into Freedom of Speech, Let’s look at Freedom first. My reason? Too many people do not know what freedom is.
Illustrative of this is a Chesterton quote, who sums it up neatly.
“Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.”
– What’s Wrong With the World, GK Chesterton
What isn’t a bid to avoid responsibility is an attempt to avoid suffering at all costs. This explains how the Left can simultaneously claim to support “free speech” and decry anyone who speaks and is threatened– or killed. I mean, it’s easy to decry a dead man when he isn’t there to refute what you say. And… now we understand.
Rights aren’t issued by consensus. If they were, the strongest arm would always win. Rights are God given– innate, if you prefer.
It’s not just me. Let’s look at the definition in detail.
1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint:
He won his freedom after a retrial.
2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
3.the power to determine action without restraint.
4. political or national independence.
5. personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery:
a slave who bought his freedom.
6.exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from):
freedom from fear.
Does that really sound like something that is under the shadow of a death threat? Sure, speaking your mind can be dangerous. You know what? When it becomes that dangerous, that means you have to escalate beyond words to defend your rights. There are other options outside of giving up because it’s scary or hard.
Oh, and here’s my personal favorite definition of freedom:
14.civil liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.
Hint: killing people over ugly words or pictures is not only despotism, but barbarism. You want to live under such a government? Make haste and move there. Please. We just might rescue this faltering republic that much more quickly without your…”help”.
Some people only think they can revoke the right to free speech by censorship, threats or taking lives. They are gravely mistaken. Free American mouthpieces that pander to those who would put our freedom to the sword aren’t any better. These are not citizens but mewling slaves for hire, ratting their self-imposed chains so they can force them on the rest of us.