Our First Amendment freedom of speech is under attack and it’s getting uglier by the day. I am alarmed at the level of vitriol and hatred that’s personally levied against myself and others for nothing more than expressing our respective thoughts and beliefs. Invariably, I receive hate e-mail after each radio show, Op-Ed and article I write.
Why is that? Because I take a stand. I speak up, speak out and speak truthfully. I challenge the status quo and question the erroneous ideology of various entities, often refusing to subscribe to their psychological subjugation.
Anymore, the First Amendment is but a relic in a bygone era of Constitutional rights. And the exercise of that right can be costly indeed. My son being the lone exception, I have been disavowed by what little flesh and blood family I have. Moreover, I’ve been cut off by certain friends and excoriated by most church-going Christians. Given the choice between the two, I need only think about the pain and sacrifice that was paid by the colonialists during the revolutionary war. I’ll take freedom of speech.
Although some of my writings are provocative in nature, it’s the message and not the messenger that I’m most critical of. I don’t judge a man by his ideology, his politics or his social and philosophical views. I judge him by his heart, his convictions, and his character.
In fact, I have more respect for my outwardly open enemies who stand on their principles and convictions, than I do fair weathered friends who have capitulated their inalienable rights to freedom for a non-confrontational, but repressive and restrained existence.
Constitutionally, we have freedom of speech, but sadly, today it’s in principle only. Try reciting the Lord’s Prayer at a certain military cemetery in Houston, or pledging allegiance to one nation under God, or claiming your Christian faith at a Muslim rally in the public square.
Contrary to its claim, freedom of speech is no freer than freedom itself. It was paid for by the bloodshed of past Americans—a ransom, so that successive generations like ours could experience emancipation from tyrannical suppression, lest anyone should speak against the state.
Today, our First Amendment right has all but been undermined in the name of political correctness, tolerance, and unity—21st century buzz words for Socialism, Marxism and Communism. The very exercise of that right often comes at a heavy cost.
When I am vilified by those who oppose me exercising my First Amendment right, I don’t look at the person so much as I do the culture of conditioning to which my opposition has been predisposed. It merely serves to strengthen my resolve to exercise it, free them of their social inertia, and inspire others to break the bonds of banality and experience the intrinsic liberation commensurate with the exercise of their freedom of speech.
Intangible in form, like most worthy ideals, freedom of speech can surreptitiously disappear long before you ever realize its gradual extinction. Because of the influx of ethnic diversity in the United States, it is methodically being usurped by the veneer of social ecumenism and cultural tolerance.
Patriotic Americans who believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights cannot let that happen. Aside from the revolutionary war, at no time in our nation’s history has it ever been more important to exercise your freedom of speech.
Speak up and speak out against the orchestrated attack on our freedoms, our liberties, and our way of life. Let Congress know that you’re not going to take it anymore!
In the words of Edmund Burke… “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Until next time . . . Wake Up America!
Kevin A. Lehmann
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