The New York Times editorial board recently published a lengthy essay declaring that there is a "crisis of confidence" regarding free speech in America. In the editorial, the board lamented the fact that Americans "are losing hold of a fundamental right as citizens of a free country: the right to speak their minds and voice their opinions in public without fear of being shamed or shunned."
The essay stated, "The political left and the right are caught in a destructive loop of condemnation and recrimination around 'cancel culture,’” and was, preposterously, harder on the right than the left.
No matter, Times readers were aghast. The paper’s left-wing audience called the editorial "appalling” and castigated the paper for even comparing transgressions of the left and right. As if, right? A reader from Baltimore said, “You are creating a false equivalency between private citizens' opposition to willful disinformation and points of view they find objectionable, and the recent Republican craze for using the levers of government to stifle discussion of particular topics."
This is, of course, is 180 degrees opposite of reality. It is preposterous projection. It is Democrats that control the levers of government, who wield the power, and use it to stifle discussion. Their sycophants in the mainstream media and Big Tech literally stifle conservative expression and thought on a daily basis, banning them from their platforms, hiding, shadow-banning and demonetizing their websites. (Like this one, for instance.) Democrats and progressives in government have recently locked people down, deemed their jobs inessential, and forced them to accept experimental gene therapies into their bodies or accept the consequences—including fines, frozen bank accounts, and imprisonment.
The left hates free speech. Always has. This is a simple historical fact. Its ideology has failed everywhere it has ever been tried. It has brought nothing but misery and death to billions of people. This is why leftists will never participate in a civilized debate. This is why they must revise, alter, erase, or abolish history.
“Crisis of confidence” surrounding free speech in America? No doubt. Who’s responsible?
Try tweeting: “The 2020 election was riddled by fraud.” Or, “Some studies have shown that Ivermectin may help alleviate COVID-19 symptoms.” Or “The science isn’t settled.” Or, “Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are great guys.” See where that gets you. Might be a clue.