Has there been a time in American history, at least since the ratification of our Constitution, when there were more outright and overt attacks on the natural rights of free people?
Right now, on college campuses across the country, the freedom of speech is under direct attack.
Free speech zones have been created and students are conditioned to react to “safe spaces,” where they aren’t allowed to speak freely. Even the faculty of these alleged institutions of higher learning engage in behavior that violated the right to a free press by physically assaulting journalists and calling for the use of force to be used against them.
Students reject the idea that everyone has the right to speak their mind, even when their speech is offensive and contrary to societal norms. They believe they should be prohibited from vocalizing ideas they don’t like through the use of speech codes.
There is also renewed effort to curb your right to bear arms following the terrorist attacks in San Bernadino. It follows the attacks in Paris where more than a hundred were killed, but overseas, the terrorists were condemned. In America, the guns and our right to buy them are blamed, once again proving the mantra that “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”
In this case, “the revolution” is to restrict our access to guns. While usually this effort is cloaked in terms like “common sense gun control” or “reasonable restrictions,” there are some who reject the incremental path preached by Saul Alinsky and just come right out and say it:
— New Republic (@NewRepublic) December 10, 2015
From the linked article:
Ban guns. All guns. Get rid of guns in homes, and on the streets, and, as much as possible, on police. Not just because of San Bernardino, or whichever mass shooting may pop up next, but also not not because of those. Don’t sort the population into those who might do something evil or foolish or self-destructive with a gun and those who surely will not. As if this could be known—as if it could be assessed without massively violating civil liberties and stigmatizing the mentally ill. Ban guns! Not just gun violence. Not just certain guns. Not just already-technically-illegal guns. All of them.
It’s ironic, pitiful and sad that lost on the author is the fact that banning all guns is a direct violation of our civil liberties.
Joining in the attack on the First and Second Amendment is a staggering new push to abolish one of the most important rights we have. It’s been institutionally violated in all sorts of ways, but this is the first time, outside of the pages of communist and socialist websites and literature, that a mainstream publication has proposed the elimination of personal property.
From The Nation:
Let’s get rid of private housing.
Plenty of time and effort have lately gone into analyzing a host of related crises—homelessness, unaffordable urban real estate, devastating gentrification, and a housing bubble whose burst landed us in the Great Recession. But the explanations tend to be incomplete, the attributions shortsighted, and the policies rearguard. For every liberal who insists that deregulating zoning laws will curb skyrocketing urban housing prices, there’s a conservative who blames the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act for the housing bubble, and none of them is anywhere near the mark.
The true culprit is so deeply embedded in American notions of wealth, rights, and property that we cannot see it for the terrible economy policy it is: private housing. Real estate as a store of private wealth is the rotten tree that sprouts these diseased branches, and the solution is to quit pruning twigs and chop the sucker down.
We are witnessing all out, overt war on your right to free speech, your right to defend yourself and your right to private property.
It isn’t disguised. It isn’t subtle. It’s in your face.
Let’s stop pretending this is the work of a few fringe radicals …
… and understand these ideas and philosophies are becoming more accepted in what was once known as the “Land of the Free.”
Perhaps once, but little by little, our freedoms have been surrendered, either to political correctness or to the elite’s need to “do something” about gun violence or in the name of “fairness.”