Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump’
Last month I wrote about Trump at the Express Tribune: “It’s official. Donald Trump, as of July 19, 2016, is the Republication nominee for President of the United States. How could this combo of successful businessman, womanizer, and charismatic reality show TV star edge so close to the highest office in the United States?
This same man built his 2012 presidential run by challenging Obama’s citizenship, claiming he was really a Muslim born in Kenya, he’s synonymous with the Trump University scandal, his “generous contributions” to charity, when fact checked (by the Washington Post) prove false, and he will not release his tax returns.
Trump 2016 has not swallowed magic beans. He promises similar nonsense, to build a wall on the Mexican border, bring back water boarding, and ban Muslims, all the while lacking a coherent plan regarding economy, tax policy, international relations, constitutional law, or any of the prerequisites necessary to lead a nation…more”
And we’ll end with a quip by Kevin D. Williamson at the National Review: “Trump, a draft-dodger whose disabling bone spurs seem to have disappeared (mirabile dictu) once bragged that evading sexually transmitted diseases over the course of what he promises has been a somewhat exotic sex life was his ‘own personal Vietnam,’ so perhaps he believes he earned that Purple Heart at the Battle of Poontang.”
Free Speech: The right to speak without censorship or restraint except for libel, slander, or inciting violence. Also, to speak w/o government interference.
Expanding Limits: The present cultural climate of “Psychotic PC” has extended limits on speech to include the criticism of ideas or political views. Hyper-sensitivity to “racism/Islamophobia/homophobia/sexism” has created Neo-McCarthyites aka Social Justice Warriors who believe “My bigotry is justified, yours ain’t.” These fascists must be stopped. To inhibit free speech, as Melissa Chen notes above, is to repress the means that destroys evil ideas.
The Significance: Donald Trump and Zakir Naik may speak without censorship or restraint, and we will respond with better ideas. Those who bolster their counterargument with a demand that we limit speech are not only regressive, but lack the strength of their convictions. They are insecure in their ability to debate.
Progress: Superior ideas win without the need of force of censorship. From ancient days through the Age of Englightenment and beyond, bad ideas needed protection to survive: Patriarchy, Kleptocratic Regimes/Communism, fundamental Christianity, and slavery were replaced with women’s rights, socio-capitalistic democracy, secularism, and Emancipation.
Three books that incite misogyny/homophobia/and religious supremacism: If the trilogy of holy books from Judaism/Christianity/Islam went under the same scrutiny that the Radical PC supporters and Social Justice Warriors demand, these would be the first three books to go.
Moderation: When religions moderate for the benefit of all, it is because of free speech. As philosophies, religions have much to offer, as ultimate truths they are flimsy. Only free speech can transform ideology in a progressive manner, and thus to want a tolerant and benevolent world is to champion speech.