Dictators arrest their opponents. Our Constitution declares that our freedom of speech cannot be abridged. That means it cannot be limited. In a free society, it is critical that political opponents be not only free to speak but encouraged to speak openly and honestly.
In China, when somebody disagrees with Xi, they disappear. In Belarus, when people reveal that elections are fixed, they are arrested and go to jail. In Russia, when people oppose Putin they are jailed for the rest of their life. In the United States when people practice their First Amendment Rights they are arrested, indicted, tried in a Stalin type courtroom, and sentenced for longer times than rapists and murderers.
In Ukraine, the now aspiring dictator has learned that if you are to become a dictator you must silence your opponents. An opposition MP has been arrested and detained on suspicion of treason in Ukraine, with the nation’s security service claiming to have collected evidence of him spreading Russian propaganda.
Nestor Shufrych, a member of the Opposition Platform — For Life party that was banned by President Volodymyr Zelensky through martial law measures last March following the Russian invasion, is facing 15 years in prison on suspicion of high treason. He is alleged to have spread the “Kremlin’s false narratives that the Ukrainian state is ‘an artificial entity’, that Ukraine and Russia ‘have one history’, and that Ukrainians and Russians are ‘one people’.”
There is no longer any protection for the rights of the minorities, the very reason our founder’s rejected democracy and made us a republic. Freedom is now conditional on whether or not you conform to the dictates of the Democrat Party with the RINOS as their “useful idiots.” Sadly, Americans who would claim they support freedom continue to vote for the Democrats and their “useful idiots.”
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