The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies…

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News Story Source: https://www.newsbud.com, JOHN W WHITEHEAD
Free speech is not for the faint of heart. As George Orwell, author of 1984, noted: "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." Unfortunately, our appreciation for a robust freedom of speech has worn thin over the years. Societies that cherish free speech relish open debates and controversy and, in turn, produce a robust citizenry who will stand against authoritarian government. Indeed, oppressive regimes of the past have understood the value of closed-mouthed, closed-minded citizens and the power inherent in controlling speech and, thus, controlling how a people view their society and government. Case in point: the United States government has a ravenous appetite for power and a seeming desire to turn the two-way dialogue that is our constitutional republic into a one-way dictatorship. Emboldened by phrases such as "hate crimes," "bullying," "extremism" and "microaggressions," th
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