What Happened to Free Speech?

What Happened to Free Speech?

Putting an end to political correctness.
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Usually, if you turn on a news station, you are bound to hear something brought up regarding political correctness. Many of us are unaware of how political correctness affects us directly, but trust me, it does.

Political correctness is the first step in restricting our freedom of speech.

People will claim that your words are not “politically correct” in order to disregard what you say, but today, there is nothing that is politically correct. From gay to homosexual, from gender to sexes...someone is going to get offended. Anything can be portrayed as offensive to someone, even without trying.

Though political correctness is most evident in politics and media, it also occurs on private medians, such as blogs, or social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. Many people are criticized and attacked for the things they say and post online. Everyone runs in line to point out what someone else says or does wrong, but they never just ignore it. When people are angry with others for not being “politically correct” what they said is usually being taken out of context.

People today are desensitized because of political correctness.

When I am offended or if I disagree with what someone says or posts, I simply unfollow them on my social media account. I pick my arguments and fights carefully. If someone is adamant on an option or belief, arguing with them about it is not going to make them change their mind.

I am not saying that people should not be conscientious about what they say and post, but they should be able to post their feelings without being berated. When the United States Constitution was written, we were given freedom of speech including in the press, which to me, would fall under the category of media. It is every individual’s right to have free speech, whether we agree with what they say or not. Unfortunately, people will yell at you and hate on you, but our freedom is backed - we did not start a revolution and create a constitution so we would be restricted in what we say. There is a reason freedom of speech is written in the constitution, and there is a reason why it was written FIRST!

People will persecute you for your beliefs all the time. It’s not our place to tell others that they’re out of line and their opinion is wrong. Their opinion is right to them. Only God can judge what is right and what isn’t, so we need to respect each other and each other’s differentiating opinions. It is a challenge to get along with people you don’t necessarily like or support, but God puts certain people in your life so you can learn to get along with them and act civil with them, despite your differences. I’m not saying to disregard your own opinions - it is important to stand firm in them - but do not expect others to always agree with you. It’s important to stand by your beliefs and stand firm, even if you’re standing alone. Jesus was persecuted for His beliefs and actions.

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you.”
John 15:18

So next time you see something you disagree with on someone’s personal account, let it go. Never be ashamed of your opinion, and never be afraid to go against the majority. Many times we are called to stand up for our faith and our beliefs even if we are standing alone.

Jesus was crucified on the cross for His truths, so why are we holding back?

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Thank you for showing me how to love.

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Dear Nancy Pelosi, 16-Year-Olds Should Not Be Able To Vote

Because I'm sure every sixteen year old wants to be rushing to the voting booth on their birthday instead of the BMV, anyways.

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Recent politicians such as Nancy Pelosi have put the voting age on the political agenda in the past few weeks. In doing so, some are advocating for the voting age in the United States to be lowered from eighteen to sixteen- Here's why it is ludicrous.

According to a study done by "Circle" regarding voter turnout in the 2018 midterms, 31% of eligible people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted. Thus, nowhere near half of the eligible voters between 18 and 29 actually voted. To anyone who thinks the voting age should be lowered to sixteen, in relevance to the data, it is pointless. If the combination of people who can vote from the legal voting age of eighteen to eleven years later is solely 31%, it is doubtful that many sixteen-year-olds would exercise their right to vote. To go through such a tedious process of amending the Constitution to change the voting age by two years when the evidence doesn't support that many sixteen-year-olds would make use of the new change (assuming it would pass) to vote is idiotic.

The argument can be made that if someone can operate heavy machinery (I.e. drive a car) at sixteen, they should be able to vote. Just because a sixteen-year-old can (in most places) now drive a car and work at a job, does not mean that they should be able to vote. At the age of sixteen, many students have not had fundamental classes such as government or economics to fully understand the political world. Sadly, going into these classes there are students that had mere knowledge of simple political knowledge such as the number of branches of government. Well, there are people above the age of eighteen who are uneducated but they can still vote, so what does it matter if sixteen-year-olds don't know everything about politics and still vote? At least they're voting. Although this is true, it's highly doubtful that someone who is past the age of eighteen, is uninformed about politics, and has to work on election day will care that much to make it to the booths. In contrast, sixteen-year-olds may be excited since it's the first time they can vote, and likely don't have too much of a tight schedule on election day, so they still may vote. The United States does not need people to vote if their votes are going to be uneducated.

But there are some sixteen-year-olds who are educated on issues and want to vote, so that's unfair to them. Well, there are other ways to participate in government besides voting. If a sixteen-year-old feels passionate about something on the political agenda but can't vote, there are other ways of getting involved. They can canvas for politicians whom they agree with, or become active in the notorious "Get Out The Vote" campaign to increase registered voter participation or help register those who already aren't. Best yet, they can politically socialize their peers with political information so that when the time comes for all of them to be eighteen and vote, more eighteen-year-olds will be educated and likely to vote.

If you're a sixteen-year-old and feel hopeless, you're not. As the 2016 election cycle approached, I was seventeen and felt useless because I had no vote. Although voting is arguably one of the easiest ways to participate in politics, it's not the only one. Since the majority of the current young adult population don't exercise their right to vote, helping inform them of how to stay informed and why voting is important, in my eyes is as essential as voting.

Sorry, Speaker Pelosi and all the others who think the voting age should be lowered. I'd rather not have to pay a plethora of taxes in my later years because in 2020 sixteen-year-olds act like sheep and blindly vote for people like Bernie Sanders who support the free college.

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