In America, we tend to use “Freedom as Speech” as a cudgel to allow hate speech in the public square and to encourage “Stupid Speech” via the quaint notion that, “Everyone has a right to express their opinion.” I argue today there are some people who have no right to a private opinion, let alone the right to be heard expressing that opinion.
Too often, in America, we believe the individual overrules the majority and can silence the minority. Instead of cohesiveness and understanding as a group, we tend to give wide berth to idiots and loudmouths using the “every opinion has value” excuse to let them rattle on while we race the other way.
Public opinions should be carefully thought out, managed and tempered by experience and by private feedback from others. Opinions must be informed by formal education or by a non-craven work ethic or by a tremendous survival rate based on direct experience on the street.
Instead of those cross-checked and peer reviewed people offering their experience and insight, we instead get untrained minds prattling on about conspiracies and Muslim enemies and an elected president who “illegally” took power. Those insane voices are given a tremendous public staging as if what they were saying actually had proof and verity to back up their wild and willfully misleading insanity.
How do we handle these braying know-nothings who believe lies and spread their opinions as hardened truths? One clear example of this non-sense is evidenced in John Kerry’s branding as a Vietnam misfit when he was really a war hero. Nobody in the Kerry camp believed it was possible to paint the decorated war hero as a traitor — but the lies took root, the sham opinion was believed, and a good man was ruined in the slant of a shady presidential election loss.
We must not let that flipping deceit happen again this November.
The only way to out shout a purposeful lie or an unwitting, vocal, stooge — is to put forth the truth in the most blunt and powerful way. You call out the lie and then you ban them from responding with more loud lies.
Yes, you censor the lie.
Yes, you deny the “right” of the “opinion” to be heard.
Yes, you close down deceit by refusing to fall for the “every story has two sides that deserves to be heard” scam because then you end up finding the truth in the tar pit as the lie shapes national policy — and condemns those who know lies have replaced truths — with a false, shouted, shaming that conquers as it devours goodness.