Thursday, August 29, 2013

The crushing of dissent is the aim of speech regulation

The politics of personal destruction has become the de facto playbook for liberals who have for decades been unable to sell the American people on their policies, and have had to enact their policies through judicial fiat, executive order or, in Obama’s case, a blatant and outright disregard for the constitutional separation of powers.

This same assignment of hateful motives to their opposition has become a recurring theme by liberals, and has only grown more strident in the Obama era. A few other examples include:

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s declaration that opposition to homosexual marriage can only be driven by hate, and a desire to make homosexuals feel like second-class citizens. Never mind that Democrat hero Bill Clinton signed DOMA, and Obama himself just a few years ago opposed homosexual marriage. Never mind the fact that heterosexual marriage has been the standard for virtually every nation, culture, society and religion for thousands of years. No, according to Kennedy and many homosexual marriage proponents, only they, the enlightened few, are morally sound in their judgments, and the rest of us, billions of people acting since the beginning of history, are all hateful, morally evil bigots.

It is this type of thinking that has led to an inversion of accepted morality and attacks on religion by the Obama administration, where taxpayer dollars fund a performance by drag queens at a military instillation’s “Diversity Day,” even as Christians are threatened with punishment for such “offenses” as sharing their Christian faith with their fellow soldiers, or even simply having a Bible on their desk. The Obama administration considers religious expression a form of hate speech, and is actively trying to crush it.

It is darkly amusing to see how completely oblivious liberals are to their own double standards. Obama won re-election in large part based on class warfare, maligning the character of those that have achieved financial success as being “rich fat cats,” even as he lives in an enormous mansion, flies on the world’s most advanced and luxurious private jet, and takes lavish vacations more often than most people change the oil in their cars … all at taxpayer expense. Obama feels such a sense of entitlement, as if he is truly royalty, that he even had his dog Bo flown aboard a military MV-22 Osprey (an aircraft that takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane) to join his family on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, the ultra-exclusive playground for the rich. It would be nice if Obama, who loves to lecture us about the need for “shared sacrifice,” would share a little in the sacrifice himself.

What we must understand is this suppression of free thought and rational debate is not meant to achieve uniformity of thought, but to crush dissent. As British historian Alan Bullock noted, “No one understood better than [Soviet dictator Josef] Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance.”



Anonymous said...

There is no point at which morality, decency, or sanity would kick in among the herd that elected Obama, because nothing is so depraved or horrific that liberals would not support it, so long as they believe it to be politically correct. Partial birth abortion is only the most obvious example. Review the history of Third Reich and Stalinist Russia to get an idea of where their mentality is likely to lead if non-progressives don’t start putting up more serious resistance.

Anonymous said...

"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."

-John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

Anonymous said...

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

-George Washington

Anonymous said...

"The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech."

-Anthony M. Kennedy

Anonymous said...

"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among general bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others."

-Thomas Jefferson

Anonymous said...

“There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.”

-Walter Cronkite

Anonymous said...

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.

Anonymous said...

“Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind.”

-Hugo Black

Anonymous said...

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which seeks to understand the minds of other men and women; the spirit of liberty is the spirit which weighs their interests alongside its own without bias; the spirit of liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded; the spirit of liberty is the spirit of Him who, near two thousand years ago, taught mankind that lesson it has never learned, but has never quite forgotten; that there may be a kingdom where the least shall be heard and considered side by side with the greatest."

Anonymous said...

"Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?"

-George Carlin

A. Levy said...

I find it rather odd that anyone would expect Obama, a true Marxist Muslim, to have any respect for Christianity. No true religion can coexist with any form of communism.

The Left understands that in order for it to sell it's ideology and beliefs to the masses, something they haven't been very good at, it must have a zero-tolerance for (any) opposing views which is precisely what they have. That's why the US now has a govt. that is totally controlled by Marxists and their dupes. It's also why, in clear violation of the US Constitution, Obama routinely ignores, bypasses, and in fact, insults, not only the US congress, but the courts, the law, and above all, the will of the people, such as it is.

Of course, not of this is possible without the assistance of a weak, gullible, and completely mindless population, and that perfectly describes the American people of the 21st century. They sit by while their country, their freedoms and liberties, and their personal lives, are destroyed by those on the Left who, as always, have an insatiable hunger for total and complete control, of everything and everyone.

There is nothing that can destroy a society as quickly and as completely as weakness.

Anonymous said...

The world can try as it might but it has never and will never eliminate Christianity. The world has already lost that fight long ago.

Anonymous said...

It's because "Christianity" mutates all the time into countless sects and denominations and also into just way-out cults and beliefs. So yes, gullible people will always be attracted to non-sense, but they are perfectly free to delude themselves (and of course can never be "eliminated").