Conservatives should stop pretending there is such a thing as “freedom of speech.”

By the end of my sophomore year at University of Michigan, I had become a dyed-in-the-wool left-wing liberal politically-correct Ann Arborite.  I lived in a student co-op and that summer a young man moved in who had a buzz cut, got up at 5:00 a.m. to run five to ten miles in army boots and who held extremely right-wing views.  One day during a conversation with him, he told me and another young woman in the co-op, a lesbian feminist, that in the physical world women were not men’s equal.  He calmly stated that men were stronger and smarter and had the obligation to protect and provide for their women and that women should hush up, go home, and have babies because they’d be happier that way anyway.

We had the typical liberal response of becoming slightly emotionally unhinged in the face of his calm non-PC opinions. He never yelled or called us names, but we didn’t return that same courtesy to him.  We railed against him to no avail – he refused to change his opinion and it flipped us out –  and I later complained to another young man named Jared, a pony-tailed guitar-playing bisexual with strongly libertarian beliefs, who rocked my world by saying, “Well, he has a right to that opinion and to say it.  If you don’t like it, debate him or remove yourself from his presence.”

“B-but he shouldn’t be allowed to say those things!” I protested.  I expected Jared to back me up, since I knew we held similar liberal political beliefs.

“You think he should be censored?  That’s messed up,” he declared.

I was surprised and hurt.  Jared and I held the correct views; shouldn’t everyone be made to agree with us, since we were plainly right and they were plainly wrong?

The emotional response the other woman and I had is pretty typical for all left-wingers/liberals/progressives/whatever-you-want-to-call-thems.

Recently this guy who owns an auto repair business in Grandville, Michigan posted the following comment on his Facebook page:

Enough is enough. Our rights as conservative Americans are being squashed more and more everyday. Apparently if you are white (or close to it), you have a job, go to church, and own a gun… That translates into racists, privileged, bigot, conspiracy theorist. Too many of us say nothing. Well, freedom of speech isn’t just for Liberals, THEY are the ones that need to learn to “co-exist”, THEY are the ones who need to WORK to be “equal” Therefore, in the spirit of freedom (whats left of it) and MY right to operate MY business as I see fit: Guns ARE allowed at DIESELTEC, so much so in fact that we will offer a discount if you bring in your gun. (“On duty” cops are excluded because thats not their gun, thats my gun bought with my money, off duty absolutely!) I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business. (I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.) We, as a team, work hard for whats ours. We are not protected by unions or contracts. We absolutely MUST provide our customers with a service level that would make them come back or tell their friends about us. We don’t have a “right”, and we are not “entitled” to our pay. We must EARN it. I am not racists, you are for assuming I am, however, I am really quick to judge… if it acts like a duck, and quacks like a duck… It IS a free country and I support your right to your opinion, that being said, if you don’t like what I have to say I reserve that same right to tell you to go cry to your momma (cause your daddy would probably smack ya’, better yet, yes, go tell your dad.)

Blah, blah, blah…it’s a pretty typical-looking conservative rant.  You either agree with him or you don’t or you agree with some of it but think the guy kind of sounds like a jerk.  But out of that whole Facebook posting, which part do you suppose has resulted in a massive brouhaha?  Hint: it was three short sentences in parentheses.

So what was the response?  Debate?  Dialogue?  Rival auto shops opening up to cater to groups that this guy says he doesn’t want to serve?

Nah.  That would require work and emotional outbursts are ever so much more enjoyable than work.  Hysteria to the point of scaring others into submission is the liberal way in these matters.  Consider:

  • A man tried to vandalize the auto repair business by throwing eggs at it.  After being confronted by another man protecting the property, the man smashed his eggs on the ground. Another man then came up and shook the would-be vandal’s hand for his “bravery”.
  • Then a bankruptcy attorney wrote a snark-filled letter in which he repeatedly insults the auto shop owner in a mean-girlish way, offering his services as a bankruptcy attorney while gloating because the auto shop is now doomed to financial ruin after the owner stated an unpopular opinion. The attorney makes sure to let everyone know he considers himself a Christian while also writing things like this:

Despite your inane, incoherent and just plain dumb comments, we know that everyone makes mistakes and we want to help you overcome them. They will also be more than willing to help you with some basic grammar that you seem to struggle with.

  • And then the owner began receiving death threats.  He also received threats to burn down his business and to burn down his family’s house.  His employees are frightened of being the victims of violence from left-wing liberals because the owner of the business where they work voiced opinions on Facebook that liberals disagree with.  Think about the implications of that for a few minutes.  Even if you are liberal, that should worry you.
  • And predictably it only took about three seconds for liberals to recommend that having and expressing non-liberal thoughts should be illegal in Grandville.  Remember, the owner is not being accused of actually refusing service to anyone, but gosh I am sure we can all agree that it needs to be illegal to make obnoxious comments on Facebook.
  • A pastor is bringing his church and assorted folks to protest outside the business. Protesting something you don’t agree with is certainly no problem and is an okay response if you feel so moved, but listen to what the pastor says:

He has taken a stand that based on his views of Christianity he has a right to not serve ‘openly gay’ persons. However, based on my views of Christianity, I maintain that he does not have this right.

He doesn’t have the right to state his opinion, as obnoxious as others may find that opinion?  Hmmm.

The response I often get from other liberals when I bring this kind of censorship up is:

Well, certainly he has the right to say those things.  But he doesn’t have the right not to face consequences for it.

OK, that’s fine.  But death threats?  And furthermore, this is simply false.  Liberals don’t want conservatives (even conservative jerks like this guy seems to be) to be able to say things liberals don’t like period, consequences or no consequences.

Evidence:

1. Last week

“The University of Michigan temporarily canceled a screening of the film “American Sniper” this week, after more than 200 students signed a letter saying that the movie perpetuates “negative and misleading stereotypes” and creates an unsafe environment for Middle Eastern, North African and Muslim students.

The film, scheduled for Friday, was to be replaced with a screening of “Paddington,” a family movie based on the popular series of British children’s books about a talking bear with a love of marmalade.”

2. Yesterday:

The Echo, EMU’s student newspaper, reported that roughly 35 students walked onto the stage at the Student Center Auditorium in protest during the 8 P.M. screening of the Academy Award-winning film. The group of students worked together to try to shut down the 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. screenings of the film about the deceased Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

Protest leaders Ahmed Abbas, Layali Alsadah, Jenna Hamed, and Sabreen Dari were arrested after attempting to shut down the 8 P.M. screening. The protesters were successful in getting the 10 P.M. screening cancelled.

“The reality is, this is about a process of not allowing cultural appropriation for the movies being allowed into the university,” Abbas said. “This is not about freedom of speech, this is not about freedom of expression, this is about public safety and people being respected with dignity. That’s the reality – that’s why we’re here. If you want to voice yourself, students shouldn’t be protesting.”

Abbas’ comment is hard to follow, so I can’t be sure exactly what he is trying to say, but the gist of it seems to be Muslims don’t like this movie, therefore no one at EMU should be allowed to see this movie, and we are willing to use force to stop people from being able to see something we don’t like.

Using force, violence, and death threats to spread their ideology, how charming.  Conservatives need to stop yammering on about freedom of speech now; there is no such freedom.  I would even argue that there never really was any such freedom and that there cannot ever be such a freedom.  We conservatives need to stop pretending like it exists and that it will somehow protect us.  This freedom does not exist and thus cannot protect you, and if you state any non-liberal opinions, you must understand that you will face violent threats from liberals.

[Note: This post is not about homosexuality or Islam.  Rather, it is about liberalism and progressive ideology’s propensity for using emotional hysterics and threats of violence to silence opponents.  This post is neither a refutation nor a defense of the auto shop owner’s original Facebook post.]

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11 thoughts on “Conservatives should stop pretending there is such a thing as “freedom of speech.”

  1. It could be that the best way to deal with the intolerant is to hold a mirror up to them. They won’t like what they see.

    I had forgotten about Paddington being offered as an alternative. After seeing a trailer. I do want to see the film.
    Maybe, that’s just me? 😉

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  2. “Well, certainly he has the right to say those things. But he doesn’t have the right not to face consequences for it.”

    When you hear this, this should signal to you that the conversation is over. When you boil it down, this equates to: “My group is bigger than his, and in this instance, might makes right.”

    I get frustrated when I read about stories like this. Perhaps you can see why.

    “Well, certainly he has the right to say those things. But he doesn’t have the right not to face consequences for it.”

    sounds an awful lot like:

    “Well, certainly she can dress however she wants. But there *are* some things that are more likely to attract the notice of real, drag-you-off-in-the-dark rapists, you know…”

    which is where I end up agreeing with you: conservatives should stop pretending there is such a thing as freedom of speech, *in effect*.

    At this point Cane will drop by and remind me that liberals help each other and conservatives don’t, and I am part of the problem, but…man, at some point everyone needs to get the memo. Don’t dress like a slut late at night in the wrong neighborhood, and don’t make yourself a target of opportunity for the teeming hordes. Yes, we’re trying to stamp out rapists, just as we’re trying to do something about the culture, but until then…

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  3. “This freedom does not exist and thus cannot protect you, and if you state any non-liberal opinions, you must understand that you will face violent threats from liberals.”

    Meh, what’s a few death threats? 😉

    One thing I wish conservatives would do, be that calm, steady voice that just knows it has the truth on it’s side. I hate to see conservatives out there shrieking hysterically, because they become the stereotype the left wants to define them as. It’s like becoming the right wing boogeyman the left has always warned you about. Conservatives win a few battles this way, but they go on to lose the whole war.

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  4. An essential thing to understand about Liberals is to not treat them like they’re necessarily ideologues. Yes, they hold fast to a particular ideology and fervently defend it. However, what trumps ideology is power. I’m quite sure you have taken a Sociology class or two, so you know quite well how important power structures are – especially to the Left. Simply consider their attacks against the “Patriarchy,” “White Privilege,” etc… No power system can exist without its ideological underpinnings, with which it must not necessarily be logically consistent – especially not one so chaotic and corrosive. It must, necessarily, make concessions.
    Some Lefties find the concessions to be a betrayal – these are the ones who fall outside of the power system. The majority, however, aren’t interested in analyzing what they espouse for its ideological consistency; they’re willing, albeit subconsciously, to overlook the inconsistencies in exchange for identification with the power structure. Since the Left is not even in ascendancy anymore, – it has already seized power – it’s simply practical for them to assist the power structure of the privileged Left and their select “under”-privileged minority groups. It’s standard conformity; typical mob mentality. This happens regardless of whether people are modern Liberal professionals or 16th century Christian peasants. Every power structure seeks to consolidate its power through silencing dissenters. 100 years ago they burned books or suspicious minorities; today they’re more civilized, so they’ll just threaten your life online, destroy your business, and/or harass you.
    The only difference between now and the countless examples of this very behavior throughout history is that these people hide behind the veil of “tolerance.” But it’s all a joke, really. Most (but not all) people’s actual beliefs are skin deep, be they Christian or Liberal Atheist. They seek to benefit themselves first and foremost, which usually means picking sides. Today, you can pick the side of power (the Left) or the side of continuous decline and increasing disdain (the White Christian Right). Which do you think most people will choose?

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  6. @ Sunshine: “Conservatives should stop pretending there is such a thing as “freedom of speech.”

    OK. But is there such a thing as speech that is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Are you referring to “free speech” as a natural right? Or are you referring to the speech that is protected by the First Amendment? Can’t really have a useful conversation without specifiying which “speech” you are talking about.

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  7. There is freedom of speech, but it don’t come cheap.
    The best example I can find is: Protien World: their most recent challenge (after the Bikini Beach Body) is the “Little Black Dress” challenge. The screeching of the wimmenz studies departmentz is being used as a marketing tool.

    Link is http://www.proteinworld.com/lbdchallenge: be aware it may cause you to trigger warning all over the place, because the model is wearing about as much as an elite distance runner.

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  8. Expansion: you have to fight for freedom of speech, not back down, never apologize, and if needed defend your home and territory, with words, the ballot paper and bullets.

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