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Martin Luther King Jr. – “Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech”


Martin Luther King Jr. was eminently qualified to speak to the matter of freedom. What it is not to have it. To have it suppressed. In his time, it was a matter of equality; equal rights, equal access, equal treatment. He didn’t have it, but he used the right to free speech to find it.

Related: The Anniversary of one of the Most Important Speeches in American History.

Democrats didn’t care for it then, and they don’t care for it now. One difference, however, is that many on the Left have taken King’s quest for equality and turned it into a tool for oppression.

Today, equality, when invoked from the left, is about silencing free speech or ideas with which the Democrats disagree.

They empower their quest by calling it hate speech, bullying, bigoted, or even supremacist. As if there were a form of supremacy higher than using the power of the state to deny human beings the right to express ideas of which it disapproves.

Martin Luther King Jr. had plenty to say about that.

If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there.

But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.

And so just as I say, we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on.

The Democrat party, some in the media, the white tower, and more than a handful of street thugs work diligently to deny you free association and expression even your right to free press – as a creator, curators, or consumer.

Presidential candidates and state representatives both seek to use the state to silence dissent; to punish expression and association. To hold people or (internet) companies accountable. As if the Democrats have any credibility on accountability, especially within their own party and within the government.

They have none. They are tyrants in pursuit of the hegemony of ideas. Diversity to them is a room full of people of different ages, heights, national origin, or sex who all think as they do.

It is the antithesis of the American idea of liberty and anathema to the mission and the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

To quote, believe it or not, a contributor at HuffPost,

First Amendment rights, in his view, were crucial for reaching this land long promised, and part of what makes it the Promised Land.

The Promised Land, then, is not simply a “safe space.” Social justice is not achieved by eliminating “microaggressions” or requiring “trigger warnings.” Student activists, whatever their cause, should recognize and insist on intellectual freedom for all.

Without the right to opposing thought, ideas, and speech, there is nothing to stand in opposition to the media-leftist cabals’ endless disinformation campaigns to end those rights.

The right to disagree, no matter how uncouth, uncultured, or unsavory, must be protected.