free speech

The most important 44 words in the Constitution

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The First Amendment to the Constitution, the most important 44 words in that priceless and precious promise of liberty and freedom, does not guarantee civil, wise or even responsible speech. It guarantees free speech, however goofy, dumb or even irresponsible. Guarding against the encroachment of good intentions is a full-time job. We all know where the road paved with good intentions leads. The Trump administration declined to sign the Christchurch Call, and we should all be grateful he did, but he can expect practiced outrage from the usual quarters, although the United States never signs such things.

Don’t Let Zuckerberg Kill Free Speech

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

The fact is internet platforms are more than just private companies. They’ve become like public utilities. We are just as dependent on Facebook and Google as on the local electric company. ConEdison can’t deny us service because of our political views. Facebook shouldn’t be allowed to either. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others, though private sector companies — are the new public square. The biggest threat to a legitimate outcome in 2020 is not foreign interference. It’s left-leaning social media giants tilting the election by silencing viewpoints they don’t like. It’s already happening.

Brian Lamb Retires: How C-SPAN Started the Revolution Against TV’s Liberal Gatekeepers

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Brian Lamb’s idea that, “We’re better off listening to everyone, no matter what they say, rather than us being the gatekeeper,” looks even more revolutionary today, in the era of social media censorship of conservatives, than it did in 1979 when he started C-SPAN.

Trump’s Intersectional Weekend

While we don’t buy the idea that all of society is controlled by oppressive intersectional institutions, the Trump team has, from the beginning of his unlikely rise to the Oval Office, recognized that the key elements of a winning political coalition on the Right do intersect, and their nexus is constitutional liberty, especially as protected by the First and Second Amendments.

The Real Leaders Of The Democrats Want To Shut You Up

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

This “criticizing me puts me at risk” ploy is imported from colleges where SJWs literally shake at the threat posed by ideas they dislike. The answer is, of course, for us to exponentially increase the criticism they object to. Unlike the terrified Democrats who see these knuckleheads ruining the 2020 ruse by spilling the beans and telling everyone what the party really thinks, we will continue to say whatever we please. We’ll roll the dice and take the risk.  We won’t shut up no matter how many Periscopes these dizzy divas do.

The State of Free Speech in Europe and the Future of America

European policymakers have failed to recognize that the best way to combat totalitarian and racist ideologies, such as Nazism, and the spread of their ideas, is to let them speak freely and to disprove them in the court of public opinion. The lesson for America is: Don’t adopt totalitarian laws in an effort to stop totalitarianism.

Google Discrimination Against Conservatives No Longer A ‘Myth’

“You can’t trust the human judgment of Google’s Trust and Safety team,” said a source at Google. If that didn’t come through loud and clear from Google internal memos, the plain words of Google employees confirms it and will send a chill down the spine of every person in any country who values the principles of free expression, religious liberty and freedom of association.

How Disagreement Became ‘Hate’

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Because the Left can’t win in the marketplace of ideas, they are attempting to shut down their critics, to label opponents “fascists” or “white supremacists,” to exercise totalitarian control over public discourse in the same way left-wing professors and student “Antifa” mobs now control university campuses. Tucker Carlson understands this, and his response to the Left’s smear tactics has been to call them out by name and expose them in front of his 3 million viewers. He’s winning, and I’d say this is driving his enemies crazy, but the Left has never been entirely sane.

Free Judge Jeanine

Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine” did not air Saturday on Fox after the Judge, during her March 9 show, questioned whether Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim who wears a hajib, adheres to Shariah law, a set of Muslim laws and doctrines that are antithetical to the Constitution of the United States.

HR 1 – The Democrat Plan To Turn America Into California

Step 1 in the Democrats’ plan for what some wags have called the “Californication” of America has now passed the US House of Representatives on a party line vote. HR 1 is so bad that not even the usual RINOs would vote for it, so that gives you some flavor of what a disaster for constitutional liberty the bill would be if it became law.

Trump Takes On Campus Speech Police

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

Trump is threatening to make campus speech tyranny too costly for universities. Trump’s threat to withhold research funds could add a powerful weapon in the fight for free speech on campus. Scientists and engineers eager for federal grant money will not want their goals undermined by campus political correctness. The real beneficiaries of Trump’s announcement are students and taxpayers. When you send your kids to college, you don’t expect them to be subjected to 24/7 indoctrination in groupthink.

Democrats’ First Bill Attacks Free Speech Rights Of Conservatives

HR 1 would crush the free speech rights of conservatives by regulating political speech on the Internet, violating the privacy of advocacy groups and their supporters, compelling speakers to include lengthy government-mandated messages in their communications and creating a public financing system for congressional campaigns.

In Europe, Free Speech Bows to Sharia

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Islamists and their transnational-progressive allies seek to redefine democracy as a guarantee of domestic tranquility, on the road to global tranquility in a post-Westphalian order. It is a sweet-sounding roadmap to tyranny, in which “tranquility” is enforced Soviet-style, with an official version of history and truth that is not open to question or debate. Your “freedom” to speak is strictly limited to those confines. There is no free speech in Islam. Sharia states do not merely forbid speech that insults or denigrates Islam; they regard as blasphemy.

Hey, Washington Post, glad you're joining us free speech defenders!

Editors, Washington Examiner

In fighting this fight, they are also nobly arguing for and upholding the constitutional rights that campaign finance reformers on the Left, including the Post's editorialists, have long been working to undermine, beginning with their efforts to overturn Citizens United. So we salute the Washington Post’s attorneys and encourage its editors to follow their work carefully.

The Creepy and Creeping Power of Social Media

Ned Ryun, American Greatness

A healthy, thriving democracy is defined by rigorous debates, in the public arena, in public venues, on public platforms. The Internet is the modern day forum or agora, a place of open assembly and venue for free expression of thought and ideas, but often times social media companies do more to restrict speech than open our society.

Liberal Lies And Slanders Are A Slippery Slope To Trouble

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Being unable to convince the normals that they have nothing to lose but their chains, our liberal pals have simply given up on the idea of convincing anyone of anything at all. Instead, they are opting for the hitting-over-the-head solution, except their clubs are not wooden. Their clubs are institutional and cultural. They seek to eliminate our ability to speak – that’s the de-platforming part of their scheme. They want to eliminate any venues for dissenting argument.

Viguerie + Sixty-Two Conservative Leaders Demand Facebook End Discrimination Against Conservatives

Facebook official Campbell Brown, a former anchor on NBC and CNN, told attendees at a recent conference that Facebook would be censoring news publishers based on its own internal biases. Now CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie and 62 other conservative leaders have demanded an end to the censorship of conservatives.

Abolishing Campaign Contribution Limits

Richard W. Rahn, Washington Times

General Electric used to own NBC, which was a very different line of business from its much larger traditional industrial manufacturing activities. What is to stop any business (e.g. “Joe’s Hog Farm”) from setting up a little media unit which it can use for political advocacy while running old documentaries for cover? The Internet age allows almost anyone to set up their own Internet broadcast network, making the old campaign finance restrictions almost impossible to police. The correct solution is to get rid of the hypocrisy and let unlimited free speech for everyone to flourish.

Violent Left Shuts Down Conservative Speakers In Wisconsin And Minnesota

Imagine for a moment that every time the baby-killers of Planned Parenthood announced that one of its leaders was speaking, pro-life conservatives threatened the venue with violence and tried to intimidate employees of any co-sponsors of the event. Such conduct would be labeled terrorism, but for the violent Left and their Muslim allies it is business as usual.