The First Amendment of the Constitution affords US citizens the right to speak their mind. There is no clause that says “unless it is offensive”. Although we may not agree with what’s said, we have always defended the rights of others to speak.
Under the guise of political correctness speech is being censored across this country. College campuses receiving funding from the Federal government are erupting in anarchy in attempt to deny the free speech of those they deem not worthy of speaking.
US Congress members attempting to hold town hall meetings with their constituents are not allowed to speak. Groups of individuals cause chaos in an attempt to shut them up. Voters and their elected officials are not able to have an open dialogue.
Every syllable uttered is scrutinized and interpreted for us by the self-appointed vocabulary police. If it is not acceptable to them it is not tolerated. Free speech is only acceptable if they agree with what is said.
The First Amendment does give the right to peacefully protest. It does not give the right to impede the liberties of others. It does not give the right to set fires, damage property and physically assault others.
The United States is a melting pot of many cultures with different ideas and beliefs. In order to peacefully coexist we must all be tolerant of others. “Sticks and stones will break my bones. But, names will never hurt me.”
No one is entitled to shove their views down the throats of others. Yet, there are those among us trying to do just that. Those of us who respect the rights of others have turned a blind eye to their oppressive behavior. However, there comes a time when enough is enough.
We are a Nation of law and order. Without rules we have chaos. It is time for those breaking our laws to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The behavior of a few is jeopardizing the safety of many.