Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Silencing the Donald--And the Rest of Us.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best...They're sending people that have lots of problems...They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

It matters not one iota what Donald Trump said about Mexican immigrants--what matters in a free country is the apparently forgotten quote from Voltaire: "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

Now if America's spineless corporations want to disassociate with the outspoken mogul now running for President, that's surely their prerogative. Indeed, you can now add Macy's to NBC Universal when compiling the list of brave businesses running for the politically correct hills the first time an activist group robocalls them. Of course, the interesting question now is: which large media company living off the First Amendment will step forward to defend Trump? None, I suspect. NBC and the rest of the networks (MTV) would rather show children how to 'twerk' than allow anyone to hear what the facts clearly point out--no matter how offensive the delivery (one FBI study revealed 75 percent of those on the most wanted criminals list in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque were illegals).

But whether Trump was right or wrong misses the one salient point: liberals in this country want to silence anyone who does not agree with them. That's just plain scary. And if you don't think it can get worse than pusillanimous corporate boards forcing a CEO like Brendan Eich (the fellow who invented JavaScript) to resign from Mozilla because he supported traditional marriage via Prop. 8 in California, think again. The mayors of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco put free speech in the crosshairs by trying to deny city permits to Chick-fil-A due to CEO Dan Cathy's religious views. Now comes New York commisar Bill de Blasio who wants to undo binding contracts with the Trump organization all because he didn't like what the Donald said.

What's next, the IRS going after the Tea Party?

It's bad enough when the thought police in the private sector exercise their censorious impulses, but it's flat out unconstitutional when the government does. So much so that Sens. Chuck Schumer and Tom Udall want to change the First Amendment to allow government to regulate political speech from anyone who's not employed by their allies in the press. This is dangerous territory folks and we'd better, in the words of that great patriot, Barney Fife, 'nip it in the bud' before it's too late.

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