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Long live the First Amendment.

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I stopped visiting Facebook because of the way they censor opposing thought. Twitter isn’t much better. My favorite You tube is now shutting down, censoring or demonetizing any thought or speech outside of their liberal orb. Totally unacceptable in my book.

To tell you the truth, these days, if left to my own devices, I’d rather be making contacts on my Ham Radio.

While the rag tag remains of Cactusthorns carries on, we will always be a venue for freedom of thought and speech. Sometimes that thought and or speech can get a bit edgy, it takes a whole lot to get your post or comment taken down.

It seems that the only way for you to use the internet is to once again go back to little websites like this to express your truth. It might not be my truth but short of threatening the life of someone or yelling “fire” in that theater, you can express what you feel. We celebrate the 1st Amendment.

The
Supreme Court unanimously affirmed
in Matal v. Tam 137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017) that terms or phrases
deemed to be offensive are still protected as free speech under the
First Amendment.“Speech that demeans on the basis of race,
ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar
ground is hateful,”
Justice
Samuel Alito
adds,
“but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we
protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.’”

I have
to agree with the Court. Sometimes the posts loaded here are
infuriating and piss us off, but then I must realize that is exactly
why the author wrote the post. It’s reason was to make you and I
think. It allows us the ability to show the faults in the authors
argument. It forces discussion.

Facebook, Twitter
and Youtube and their ilk have fallen into the Political Correctness
trap. Instead offending their readers, they censor or even
de-platform the author of an offending post. They neither promote
free thought nor promote intelligent dialog. They treat their readers
and viewers as lemmings. Marching all that follow their political
bent to the Sea of Mediocrity.

Political
Correctness is nothing more than a fascist fist concealed in a velvet
glove.

I for one will
continue to value the speech of all, even the most hateful among us.
I’ll call them as I see them. If you can’t take the heat…..
Well you know the rest.

Long live the First
Amendment.

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