Ed Driscoll

The Crucible of Opposing Ideas Freely Expressed

“‘Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away’ — Obama warns Egyptian President Mubarak,” Andrew Malcolm writes at the L.A. Times. Which is that rare piece of wisdom that the president learned — the hard way — in the past couple of years.

Or to put it another way:

Our civilization was forged in the crucible of opposing ideas freely expressed. That’s the magic secret. It’s the gold standard that made us what we are, and made our society the most advanced in human history, and we have an obligation to uphold that standard, no matter what, for the sake of future generations.

Despite the avalanche of rights we’ve been showered with in recent years ducking out of this is one right we don’t have because without the right to speak your mind all other rights are worthless. Free speech is not the property of this generation of spineless appeasers. It’s as intrinsic and essential a part of our identity as the Koran is for Muslims. And nobody has the right to restrict it or modify it regardless of who claims to be offended. Anyone who insists on being offended is welcome to grow a thicker skin or go and live somewhere else. And if they don’t like that they can go to hell, and that includes all public prosecutors and the horse they rode in on.

That’s but a sample. Watch the whole thing here:

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(Hat Tip: SDA)