It seems some people only believe in the freedom of speech when what is being said is what they want to hear.   Freedom of speech has become the victim of a selective process usually controlled by the liberal media and social liberals of all kinds.

Two examples, I believe make my point.   A famous liberal comedian and host of a controversial television show attacked a politician and called her vile and obscene names during his rant over her conservative values and political views.  His outrageous comments were held to be above reproach as he was afforded all of his rights to the freedom of speech.   A famous conservative radio talk show host and controversial commentator made a derogatory remark about a socially liberal woman advocating for more access to free contraceptives as part of his attack on her agenda.   An uproar ensued and he was vilified by the press and every liberal group that could be found.  There was no consideration given to his right to the freedom of speech.

You do not have to judge the merits of either example to understand that there is a fundamental hypocrisy in the way that we selectively apply the protection of the freedom of speech.   As I pointed out in “Political Correctness”, it is those self-righteous and, usually, liberal minded people who advocate for political correctness, supposedly, to prevent intolerance and who believe that they have the right to moderate our social dialogue that are the least tolerant and the most likely to trample on the freedom of speech of those they don’t like or don’t agree with.

These self-appointed censors pick and choose what speech and which speakers are to be protected and decide who is to be punished based on whether or not they like what they have heard or dislike the speaker.

Make no mistake that there is a vast divide in this country between the liberal and conservative points of view on many social and political issues and that it is the liberal agenda that has the loudest voice and is most likely to suppress opposing points of view.  There has always been a large disparity between the media exposure afforded the vocal and sometimes militant minority who try to force their point of view on everyone else and the usually ignored and less intrusive silent majority.

We have all heard of or seen liberal college and university students hounding conservative speakers off their campuses simply because they do not like or want anyone to hear what the speaker has to say.   Have you ever heard of a conservative group of students hounding even the most liberal of speakers off campus even if that speaker wants to advocate for violence or social upheaval?  No, of course not, since, historically, it is usually only those that like to think that they have a monopoly on the truth—but also fear that they don’t—who feel the need to stifle other people’s freedom of speech.

Ultimately, our freedom of speech should not be held hostage by either liberals or conservatives but should be universally available to everyone and every point of view.   It is only through the free and open exchange of ideas and opinions, even if unwanted or disliked, that we can truly be a free country and be able to call ourselves an enlightened society.

On Wednesday, Joe wonders if we will ever tear down the walls that we build in “When The Walls Come Tumbling Down”.