#FreeSpeech is one of the fundamental principles of a thriving democracy.
When petulant politicians openly defame the press and high-profile figures for exercising their #FreedomOfSpeech privilege, there are dangerous domestic and international ramifications. This was evidenced recently by the attempted bombing of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, CNN, and other high-profile political targets in the US.
Attempts to suppress the press is neither new, nor an effective long-term governing strategy. It’s been the long-established and flawed practice of parochial and prickly politicians throughout history. Napoleon did it. Hitler did it. Stalin did it. Mussolini did it. All massive narcissistic jerks.
Ask yourself: what role does vicious political rhetoric have to play in collective acts of barbarity?
“It is the press, above all, which wages a positively fanatical and slanderous struggle, tearing down everything which can be regarded as a support of national independence, cultural elevation, and the economic independence of the nation.” - Adolf Hitler.
Yikes. If we’d thrown in some typos, that could literally have been a Tweet!
Rather than paying homage to the warped ideologies of dictators, let’s take a leaf out of John Adams’ book, Founding Father and second President of the United States, who eloquently said: “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state.”