You know how anti-free speech German Chancellor Angela Merkel is by her behind the scenes work with the equally anti-free speech Facebook. And the way she handled Cologne showed she cares more about political correctness than the safety of her citizens.
This story is a little from column A and a little from column B.
Angela Merkel, has been criticised by members of her cabinet after acceding to a request from Ankara to prosecute a comedian who read out an offensive poem about the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Merkel was left with the final decision on whether Germany’s state prosecutor should start proceedings against Böhmermann after Erdoğan requested the comedian be prosecuted.
Under an obscure section of Germany’s criminal code, prosecution for insults against organs or representatives of foreign states requires both a notification from the offended party and an authorisation from the government.
Being prosecuted…because the President of another country asked you to? Seriously? Has Angela Merkel not heard of all the sterotypes we have about German dictators who punish people for speaking out? Maybe not. So, with that in mind, this:
Hey, I’m with you. I’d love it if these Hitler comparisons would stop. The problem is Merkel isn’t letting me move on. She keeps acting like a tyrant dictator. Allowing a comedian to be prosecuted for telling a joke about a Turkish politician? For serious? Look it, she’s even making me ask all these questions in a post. How dare she.
All of this is why the United States has the right to free speech. The Founding Fathers were none to pleased with citizens being punished for their words, spoken or written. They wanted freedom from government. One reason our First Amendment right is so important is for the exact purpose of criticizing our political leadership. It keeps them in check. If we can speak out about our government, its pros, its cons, its tendency to amass power and squash people, the theory is we can stop it. We the people get to hold our government in check. But when that government becomes so powerful it can limit what you say by punishing you for that criticism…
Bad news. Very bad news. You think the left of the USA isn’t salivating over what Merkel is doing? Think again.