Milo Yiannopoulos is a writer/editor for Breitbart.com and considers himself a “free speech fundamentalist”. This “free speech fundamentalist” was banned from Twitter because of what he was posting on the site. While Twitter did not comment on Milo’s ban in particular, it released a statement saying that “People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online…” The so-called targeted abuse was towards Leslie Jones, who starred in the failed “Ghostbusters” movie reboot. In essence, Milo was banned for “inciting targeted abuse” against someone else on the site…
Curt Schilling is a former MLB pitcher who will most likely be elected into the hall of fame within the next few years. He was also an analyst on ESPN before he made some remarks on social media and was terminated by the company. What were his remarks? He talked about the transgender bathroom issue on his personal Facebook account. He stated his viewpoint on the issue, which was contrary to ESPN’s viewpoint as a company, and they fired him for having a different perspective.
These are two examples of the beginning of the end for the first amendment. Whether or not what these two men said was right or wrong makes no difference, they were punished for stating what they thought. Because what they thought was not within the parameters of what’s “socially acceptable” one was fired from his job and the other banned from one of the biggest social networking sites in the world.
If the first amendment stays in place, but culture collectively decides what’s acceptable and what’s not, the first amendment becomes inconsequential.
Legally, you can say what you think, but if you do you might just lose your job, be banned from the Internet, and have people throw tomatoes at you when you walk down the street… (Excuse my slight exaggeration.) When this happens, it doesn’t matter what legal protection you have if society decides to kick you out because your opinion is not popular.
If you are not careful with what you say and how you say it in our world right now, you can easily lose any validity that you have. For example, if you say something ridiculous like, “They’re bring drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists…” That becomes the embodiment of who you are to the world regardless of what you meant. (On a side note, Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton is a picture of the world of political correctness colliding with the world of blunt, hurtful truth, but that’s a topic for another day…)
We have the freedom of speech on a legal level…with a growing lack of capacity to utilize it.
At the current rate we are going, we will have “thought and speech police”, making sure what you think and say is politically correct.
If we’re honest, we would all end up in prison if that happens.