Remember when America used to be a free country?
There was a time when we actually made our own purchasing decisions without fear of government interference—let alone outright punishment. The IRS might have been feared at tax time, but there were no dossiers on individuals documenting their most intimate personal details from cholesterol levels to hemorrhoids and vasectomies. And there certainly were no death panels dictating how old you could be and still receive a pacemaker or hip replacement. You could actually pick your own doctor and keep the health insurance coverage of your choice. Remember when?
Ah, the good old days when we could make fun of our President without fear of reprisal. We could speak out against his policies or join an opposition political movement without fear of being audited by the IRS. Remember February 2013 when Dr. Ben Carson spoke eloquently at the National Prayer Breakfast (notice how President Obama is the only one not clapping for Dr. Carson) and found himself being audited by the IRS, not once but twice, simply because President Obama took offense?
I can even remember our presidents poking fun at themselves. Ronald Reagan, for example, saying, “I knew Thomas Jefferson.” Books and movies about ways to kill George W. Bush were considered free speech, if not high art.
My, how things have changed in a few short years. Disagreeing with the President’s policies can get you labeled a racist and excluded from polite society. Disagreeing repeatedly can trigger the dreaded IRS audit, as Dr. Ben Carson discovered. So can calling people who enter our country illegally “illegal aliens.” Such phraseology is now considered racist, offensive, unfair, derogatory and possibly “bullying”. Don’t EVEN get me started on this “bullying” left-wing, progressive, brain-numbing insanity.
Never dare call terrorism “terrorism.” That’s an emotionally charged term that’s an indirect slur against Muslims and Islamic “freedom fighters.” If you want to be invited to the right parties—and not attract unwanted attention from the government—you’ll do well to refer to these incidents as “man-caused disasters” and “workplace violence.” That way you’re not casting aspersions at protected classes of citizens and particular minority groups.
Actress Melissa Joan Hart reported death wishes and hateful insults because she tweeted her support of Mitt Romney in 2012. “I got called every name in the book. And told, they hope I die, and that they hope my children are gay which was, somehow, supposed to be some kind of punishment,” Hart said. She also said there is a blacklist in Hollywood against conservatives. As if we didn’t know.
Above all, never ever use the “G” word in public. That’s the word that’s recently been expunged from the U.S. Air Force cadet honor oath, which formerly concluded with “so help me G__.” Thanks, Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation for raising our consciousness level on that one.
“That is unpatriotic, it’s un-American, it’s inhuman, it’s a crime, and in the military if it happens, it violates the oath that everyone in the military takes — not to the New Testament, or the Torah, or to the Koran, but to the United States Constitution,” said Weinstein in an interview. “It should be punished vigorously, aggressively, and very visibly.”
GOT THAT?!? It reminds me of a song by Joanie Mitchell, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”
Free speech in America? If you ask me, it’s pretty near gone. I hope you are willing to fight for it. Speak UP! Speak OUT! Speak CLEARLY! Speak PASSIONATELY!
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