The Bill of Rights comprises the first ten Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
Our forefathers argued over enumerating the rights described in these amendments because they feared that if they wrote them down, people would potentially point to the Bill of Rights and conclude that the only rights of the citizens were the ones listed in writing. Rhode Island and North Carolina, however, held out for the rights to be listed in writing.
I, for one, am glad they insisted on putting it down in writing. Because, in my opinion, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States not only set the framework for our government but also embody the spirit of the American people by laying out the most important rights first. These are Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech. Both of these are currently (again, in my opinion) threatened by the rise of the millennial phenomena known as “Cancel Culture.”
I began to think of this blog days ago, and I am disturbed by our current “politically correct” society- the modern day “cancel” culture. I began to think on this topic because cancel culturists basically seek to cross, or block out whatever, or whomever, with which they disagree. This disturbs me because both Freedom of Religion and, especially, the Freedom of Speech are being threatened in today’s cancel culture. However, keep in mind that these two freedoms go hand in hand because they specifically deal with rights of personal expression. In my opinion, if one of these Freedoms is breached, both will fall. That is what makes this such an important discussion.
So, as I am sitting there thinking of all of this and how important a topic it really is and, what do you know? Just then, today, on OANN, Representative Jim Jordan spoke on the same topic. I believe that his words were to the effect that today’s cancel culture generation is “strangling freedom of speech in the United States today”. He spoke of many of the ways cancel culture is happening all around us and I couldn’t help but to agree with most of what he said, too.
One way the strangling of free speech/ cancel culture happens is by the censorship of conservative speech on many of our technology platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Another way frequently used by the left is to label people, places or things as deplorable, xenophobic, racist, or simply crazy. Once the label is applied, people are shunned, such as Rosanne Barr for making a potentially racist tweet. Or Vince Vaughn for merely introducing himself to Trump at a sporting event. Yes, Hollywood has given the man flack for saying hello to the sitting President. Hell, I’d love to meet the man, and given the same chance as Mr. Vaughn, I would have done the same thing. But his career, believe it or not, suffered a hit for it. How stupid is that?
Even statues are labeled racist and they are torn down. History itself is being silenced in this fashion.
It’s a downward spiral and we have allowed it to happen for years. The Conservative Right has been silent too long. Our freedoms are being threatened before our very eyes. However, we cannot remain silent for fear of being ostracized any longer. We must begin to use our voices again in concert with one another, to assert our values, even when we feel the most discouraged, and to defend the Freedoms of Speech and Religion. (Again, they are our rights of personal expression.) The ability to speak our minds freely is on the line and our freedom to do so must be defended. We must stand up and stand together. We are stronger and louder as one great voice.
I was at a Trump rally in D.C. on December 12th and when the people sang and prayed and yelled and protested together it was beautiful and powerful and, by the Grace of God, the wife and I are going back on January 6th. I am praying it will be even bigger than the last rally. I want to hear a million voices in concert together demanding their freedoms be protected by a fair election. I want to know that Congress hears us through the walls, because MSM damn sure won’t broadcast it to them for us.
My point is that we need to stand up for our beliefs and become vocal again. Our voices are our weapon in this fight for freedom and we must fight to maintain our freedom of speech. We must cancel the cancel culture.