Ventures in Listening

I spent part of last night lying in bed, with C-Span on, listening to Supreme Court debate and hear argument on a case regarding 1st amendment rights, the media (internet) and Sex Offenders. Some heavy stuff, and it was audio only, but it’s always worth listening to the highest court in the land discuss anything.

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Insanity: U.S.A.

The Right hates the Left. The Left hates the Right. If this rift wasn’t bad enough, some of these folks are pointing fingers at some of the rest of us. Wait! What?

Once upon a time Libertarians were just the weird cousin folks keep around for amusement. Not a lot of folks take us seriously, despite over 4 million presidential votes.

Now some folks on the Far-Left are calling for us to get punched in the face. Yes, the party that once marched for free speech is now advocating for Libertarians to be punch for defending anything they believe to be hate speech.

First of all, I am a peaceful, pacifist.(Anti-violence. Anti-War.)  I don’t really hate anyone. I am not sexist, racist, homophobic, etc… I am opinionated, but I am also quite kind and compassionate. And I deserve to get punched in the face?

Secondly, just because we push for free speech, doesn’t mean we are okay with the hate people spew. We don’t turn a blind eye to it. There are ways to strip, power and energy from hate speakers, trolls and the groups that support them, without taking away their free speech. Did you ever stop to think for one second, that some of your reactions to their words are actually pouring fuel on the fire, and making it worse? (Another post on better ways to fight  hate spewers to come.)

Thirdly, Stop! Just stop! We want you to have your right to say whatever, marry whoever, smoke whatever but we don’t  want any part of your in fighting. Hey, we hate Nazis too, we don’t blame you for wanting to punch them. (And if they touch you first, that’s  just self-defense. ) We just have a few different ways of fighting hate that doesn’t involve taking away the same right we wouldn’t want to have stripped from ourselves. The government is already trying to censor us all, why would we do the same to each other?

Am I going to stop you from punching a shitty human being in the face? No. I believe in Karma. I just won’t do it myself. I will fight in other ways.

If you’re going to peg everyone that defends EVERYONE’s first amendment rights, as your enemy, maybe it’s time for you to re-evaluate, or move to a country that aligns with your views, and stop stirring up problems with your pacifist neighbors.

Once again an example of people dividing us all, when we could be working together.

-M.C.