No other issue is as hotly debated as free speech. On one side are first amendment absolutists, who think people should speak their minds. Regardless of how kooky their ideas may be. On the other side are leftists. They support free speech, so long as it’s not homophobic, Islamophobic, or (insert trendy cause)-phobic. In other words, not at all.
Count Ted Cruz on the absolutists’ side…
Teddy gets it, and it’s not the first time he’s spoken up. The First Amendment doesn’t go on hold the moment your precious feelings get hurt. If we were only allowed to express comfy, uncontroversial ideas, we’d still think the sun revolves around our pancake-shaped Earth and blood-letting cures cancer. Sometimes, the truth is unpopular.
Leftists, rather than refuting ideas they don’t like with better ideas, turn straight to violence. They can’t best conservatives with facts or stats, so out come the bats and bricks. Though, it doesn’t always end well for them.
The left doesn’t realize the First Amendment is their best amigo. It’s the one that allows them to stage mock abortions of Jesus and burn the American flag with no consequences. If free speech wasn’t inked in the parchment, you leftists would land yourselves in the slammer. On a daily basis. Believe me, you guys need amendment numero uno just as much as we do.
Ted Cruz and other free-speechers understand the truth. The First Amendment is double-plus good for all sides and everyone benefits from it. There’s no such thing as too many ideas. Or too much discourse. If the left would take a brief siesta from their usual pastimes of cracking skulls and lighting things on fire, they might notice.
But, good luck trying to convince them…