- GELLER REPORT - PAMELA GELLER - APR 22, 2022 -
Obama’s hatred of our fundamental Constitutional freedoms was was made plain during his crippling presidency. He blamed free speech (in accordance with Islamic law) for a jihadi attack on our consulate in Benghazi resulting in the murder of our Ambassador and three others.
Obama has long been a powerful operative of the global left. Their war on free speech is war on the America.
Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.
The freedom of speech protects all speech, not just ideas we like. Ayn Rand said, ”the principle of free speech is not concerned with the content of a man’s speech and does not protect only the expression of good ideas, but all ideas. If it were otherwise who would determine which ideas are good and which are forbidden? The government? The Democrats? MSNBC?
Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.
If speech that offends a group is outlawed, that group has absolute power, and a free society is destroyed. A group that cannot be criticized cannot be opposed. It can work its will no matter what it is, and no one will be able to say anything to stop it.
Inoffensive speech needs no protection. The First Amendment was developed precisely in order to protect speech that was offensive to some, in order to prevent those who had power from claiming they were offended by speech opposing them and silencing the powerless.
A free society is by its nature one in which people put up with others being uncivil and offensive. The alternative is a quiet authoritarian society in which only one opinion is allowed and the others are silenced, and ultimately sent to the camps.