I normally don’t want to get political on here but after watching Ben Shapiro’s speech last night at Berkley University I feel I need to point some things out. I’m a veteran of the US NAVY and the oath I took was to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. This was not an Oath I took lightly and I still believe I am bound to it. I believe many veterans feel this way.
My concern is this, no matter who the speaker is, Constitutionally they have the right to say whatever they want. I’m disturbed by the fact that many, no matter what their ideology, don’t understand and respect that. It seriously makes me wonder why parents are even paying for these young adults to go to these universities in the first place because they obviously aren’t learning anything of real value.
When our forefathers were drafting the Constitution they were not only drafting a set of laws for the government and people of our country to follow, but were also drafting a warning to us. They were simply saying we have lived under tyranny. We know what are the consequences of it. We have studied the history of our prior governments and those of other nations. We know that no one will be free without these inalienable rights. Nor can any one thrive without them.
These are people who risked their lives, their families lives, and the lives of people they associated with to obtain and hold on to these rights. Many of them died to obtain them. Many died to maintain them. Interestingly enough the very first one on their list, the one they felt was the most important to being a free people was the one that today is the most attacked by those with no regard for the warnings that were given.
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 peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The main argument being used to shut down free speech is calling it hate speech. Agree with me or not If you look at the first amendment nowhere in there do I see you have the right to not get your feelings hurt or that you get sanctuary from speech you find offensive. This is what brings me to Ben Shapiro’s speech last night. He should in no way have had to pay $600,000 for security to speak at a university. This goes against the part of abridging the freedom of speech. Now perhaps he the university and his supporters can afford it but many could not which by itself hinders those from being able to speak.
Myself I am neither liberal or conservative. I am a constitutionalist and my voting aligns with those that will most closely align with its protections. So why am I writing about this? It is the Constitution which defines our freedoms and rights which allows those in this country to be successful and achieve whatever we choose to pursue. The Constitution protects me to be able to write this blog. It protects my ability to pursue my goals. It protects my way of life. For these reasons if you are truly wanting to improve your life and achieve your goals you should stand against any attacks on the Constitution.
My last point to make here is if you don’t like any part of the Constitution, it can be changed. You would need to get with congress and have it put to a vote. I don’t see anyone attempting to go this route. All I am witnessing is the intentional circumvention of it. This erodes it’s power over the land and if we continue to allow this we will be in the jeopardy that our forefathers intended for us to avoid. They were thinking of you and your welfare when they drafted this. Don’t you think it would be wise to at the very least educate ourselves and our children as to why?
Those are my thoughts. Please comment with your thoughts….FREELY.