The extraordinary and unprecedented rise in censorship of free speech, and the growing level of attacks, using either violence, economic pressure, or lawsuit harassment for exercising free speech is a reality that threatens the most basic right Americans enjoy.
Protecting the First Amendment is increasingly portrayed as a partisan issue. Mounting attacks arise almost exclusively from the left, and cast any opinion differing from theirs as “dangerous.” There are even attempts to brand opposition voices as “domestic terrorists.”
It is not just Antifa-type radicals that are the perpetrators. Just two examples: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has previously introduced legislation to limit the application of the First Amendment in paid political speech. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has stated she is acquiring a list of Trump supporters for purposes of undisclosed retribution. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) encouraged violence against Trump personnel.
Complicating the dilemma is the role of key elements of the private sector, including internet giants Facebook and Twitter, in practicing censorship. The same can be said for Hollywood, which vehemently blacklists entertainers who refuse to follow Progressive dictates.