“Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
I will actively call for free speech, no matter how ugly or offensive. Likewise, I expect honesty in debate, not the acceptance of lies and falsehoods as a matter of course. I will explain my decisions to my constituents so they can understand the full argument for or against something, giving as much time before issues are voted.
A giant leap over the red line of First Amendment took place in mid-July when the White House declared partnering with Facebook to flag and/or remove “misinformation” on COVID and “vaccines” while working to block users from other “social media” platforms. ABSOLUTELY NOT. Thanks to that egregious step, almost no other comments are necessary, it is just that clear. I will work hard to make sure these damaging policies and actions are reversed, and our government follows our first amendment rights to free speech and expression.
Challenge: Yes, challenge those who would say you have no right to speak because you do not agree with the “party line.” The argument can be as simple as this: “People are no better than animals, right? And that because I am a (woman/man, white/POC, young/old, whatever…) my opinion does not count, right? WELL, then, by YOUR OWN standards, YOUR opinions do not count for me, and I can disagree with you as much as you disagree with me. Convince me with the facts, but if all you have is name calling, then I am done. That is the most basic one.