[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Voltaire
The linchpin of American civil discourse is rooted in the concept that reasonable people may speak their minds and be unafraid of reprisal. Discourse does not demand agreement; it demands civility.
How our nation has continued is an adherence to this tradition. We may furiously disagree with one another, but free expression is far more valuable to our republic than any one idea. And so, we must allow those with whom we disagree to speak.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]However, the left has succumbed to a dangerous ideology rooted in the principle of “the ends will always justify the means.” Having assumed a moral supremacy on every issue, the left defines each argument as a simple matter of “right and wrong” and those who are “wrong,” (ie: conservatives) must be silenced, suppressed, victimized, demonized and any combination thereof.
For example: a recent trend has emerged in the wake of the ridiculous controversy surrounding the Confederate flag. Like the anti-American nutjobs who proudly posted videos of them trampling upon our American flag, a new trend has emerged with people videotaping themselves stealing Confederate flags.
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Because nothing says “I’m taking the moral high ground” like theft and the suppression of others’ speech….
Called the #NoFlagginChallenge and #DestroyConfederateFlag, the first video to appear seems to be from Jamari Williams, who posted a video of a getaway driver and an accomplice tearing-down a homeowner’s Confederate flag and running away like giggling cowards.
Williams’ social media indicates that he lives in Sarasota, Florida, and that he is the CEO of the record label “Blowin BANDZ ENT.”
Social media users who were disgusted by the video have alerted the authorities. On their Facebook page, the Sarasota Police Department stated, “The Sarasota Police Department is aware of this video and we are looking into this incident but we have not received any reports of a theft of a flag from a residence. Also, we do not know exactly where this video occurred & whether it was in our jurisdiction.”
Others have followed suit as videos have emerged on various social media accounts with individuals stealing other people’s property. Some videos have depicted violence against those who wave the flag, including one shocking video with a man waving a Confederate flag and being attacked by another.
NAACP President Corine Mack blasted the trend both as an ethical misdeed and a safety hazard.
“I am not happy, not pleased. You’re on private property and God forbid with the Stand Your Ground law in North Carolina, you risk getting injured or killed. Racism is a huge problem in the county, in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, we need to have a conversation. I ask people not to take the challenge on– do not do it,” Mack stated.
Mack is correct. Not only is this unacceptable, it is not inconceivable that someone will misconstrue the act as an attempt to enter the premises. In many jurisdictions, homeowners would be allowed to claim self-defense when shooting what they perceived to be an attempted home invasion.
While many might have an issue with the Confederate flag, it’s clear that these kinds of acts are wholly unacceptable for a republic that is supposed to operate with ideas, not acts of petty theft and violence.
The left continues to posture as if they are the side of righteousness, but while doing so, become more and more intolerant of differing opinions. There is not a single national issue favored by the left where liberals have not assumed a moral supremacy and painted the issue in unforgiving terms of “right and wrong.”
Can this nation be saved if rational discourse is dead?