The left has always advocated “freedom” so long as what you believe conforms to what the left believes. The primary force within a leftist movement is the requirement of conformity which is also a requirement of tyranny. This is why the left teaches to demonize and destroy anybody who would disagree with their core beliefs. If you disagree with killing the unborn child, with the individual pursuing their dreams, with individuals being self-reliant, and with the adherence to the principles of the Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, then you are a bigot, greedy, sexist, racist, and all the other typical demonizing politically correct phrases taught by Alinsky and used by the left.
The Broward County School District has decided it won’t allow conservative activist Charlie Kirk to speak at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, despite an invitation from students there who are apparently sick of gun-grabbing zealots like David Hogg dominating the school’s public image.
And it’s hard to believe Kirk’s “wrong view,” his pro-gun message, didn’t play a role — no matter the school district’s spin.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the decision to not allow Kirk’s speech was announced Thursday by a Broward County schools spokeswoman. The statement pretended the call did not reflect on Kirk’s pro-gun views.
“The school’s administration has met with the student organizers and advised them that non-school sponsored, student-initiated guest speaker assemblies/meetings are not permitted to take place on campus,” the statement said.
Kyle Kashuv, a Stoneman Douglas student who has emerged as a voice for Second Amendment rights after the deadly Feb. 14 shooting at the school, immediately questioned the reasoning for the decision.
Kashuv pointed out that Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade paid a visit to the school March 14 without objections from the administration. In fact, a CNN report on Wade’s visit suggests the NBA star got the red-carpet treatment.
Wade has formed a personal relationship with the family of Joaquin Oliver, one of the victims of the massacre, according to the Sun-Sentinel. But he’s also an outspoken advocate for gun control, and even donated $200,000 toward the March 24 “March for Our Lives” gun control rally in Washington, which featured speakers like Hogg and other Stoneman Douglas students.
Once again, we learn that the First Amendment is not applied universally but selectively, so in reality the demand for free speech within the First Amendment is determined to be outdated and ignored. This is a direct threat to freedom. Freedom of Speech is critical to a free society and a direct threat to those who seek a tyrannical society.
“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved,” wrote Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in The Pennsylvania Gazette.
In James Madison’s view, a free republic depends ultimately upon public opinion. A Constitution could divide power this way and that, but in the end, it is the people, and only the people, who rule. And for the people to rule wisely, they have to be able to communicate with one another — freely, without fear of reprisal. Thus, freedom of speech and press were not, for Madison, merely God-given rights. They were preconditions for self-government.
Any who would restrict the freedom of speech or the free exchange of ideas, including the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats), the Broward School Boards, Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and others are supporting tyranny over freedom. It truly is that simple for the restriction of the free exchange of ideas is support for conformity, a requirement of any tyrannical State.