Man…

The amount of weakness in present-day America is both saddening and enraging at the same time.

There are so many weak-minded, weak-willed individuals in our country that it’s hard to even recognize the “Land of the Free.”

People are so easily offended that I’m convinced the once-famous American grit has been smoothed out completely, leaving us as soft as baby poo.

You can bet that people like Charlton Heston, John Wayne, and General George S Patton are spinning in their graves, not to mention our Founding Fathers who carved this country out of the wilderness.

We are a nation that was built by hard, tough men to do great things, all based on the inalienable rights given to us by an Almighty Creator and protected by the Constitution of the United States.

One of those rights was the Freedom of Speech, the ability to say whatever we wanted to whoever we wanted (with the exception of threatening bodily harm or death), and we were given the First Amendment that ensured we’d ALWAYS be able to speak our mind when the opportunity arose.

If you want to call somebody an idiot, a jerk, or a Canadian dog-faced pony soldier, then it’s your God-given right to do so.

What Is Happening To Our God-Given Rights?

However, slowly but surely, what we say is being regulated by people that control our digital lives, and in the Digital Age of the 21st Century, that’s a scary proposition when you really think about it. People that are no different than you, people who are not in a governmental position, are making decisions about what you can and can’t say over the digi-space between devices.

Twitter, one of the world’s biggest social media platforms, has slowly but surely been finding ways to curb what people say to each other. Through new and ever-changing rules, Twitter has been shaping what is and isn’t acceptable to say to someone else, and we find that out at the risk of de-platforming.

Over the past couple of years, they’ve battled what they call “hate speech,” a term they’ve arbitrarily decided to give to words they don’t like or find offensive.

If you’re guilty of “hate speech” on Twitter, they can force you to remove your post, suspend your account, or deplatform you altogether, removing your presence from their site.

The rules have been pretty much benign up until now…

But they’re getting more and more stringent, much like the Thought Police in Orwell’s novel 1984.

It’s being reported that Twitter is now expanding its hate speech policies to “prohibit language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.”

New Rules For Newspeak!

Now, regardless of whatever they think “dehumanizing” entails…

The fact that we can no longer make fun of Canadians or British people under these new rules is rather disheartening to Americans.

One of my good buddies, Alex, has just become an American citizen after he moved here years ago from Great Britain. Thanks to Twitter, I can no longer call him a “Limey bastard” over Twitter for risk of being suspended.

I can no longer call my cousins that live in The Great White North “Canadian knuckleheads” without being deplatformed by Twitter.

I can no longer call my mother’s North Carolinian Pentecostal neighbors “those crazy snake handlers” on Twitter, or I’ll risk being put in social media jail.

It’s absolutely ridiculous, and more importantly, it’s un-American.

It’s our God-given right to say whatever we want as long as it doesn’t threaten harm to others, but Twitter is doing its damnedest to ensure that my right is no longer able to be exercised on their platform.

What happened to our country?

When did we become so soft?

When did we start become like a bunch of pansies that can’t take the force of a few harsh words?

We’re far removed from the Greatest Generation’s attitudes…

And it’s a crying shame.

 

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin