NATHANIEL BEACH ‘20
Special to The Denisonian
The first amendment as we all know guarantees that the American people are given freedom of speech. This means that as long as we don’t raise a panic in a public place, we are allowed to say basically whatever we desire. Many conservatives praise the first amendment as being the epitome of American freedom.
In the 21st century, there is no better way to practice this right than to use social media. Social media has had a huge impact on the world. It is most millennials source of news and connects us better than ever.
Twitter, for example, is one of the largest social media outlets available. More than 500 million tweets are sent per day, and that number just keeps on increasing. Its purpose is so people like you are able to speak your mind and share your views and thoughts. However, what if I told you that this isn’t necessarily the case?
The sad truth about social media is that it is controlled by the Democratic party. The new liberal philosophy is that of political correctness, that freedom of speech is only acceptable if it follows a correct agenda.
Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter have been found to censor pro-conservative media and promote liberal biased media as a way of passing their agenda onto their users.
Multiple accounts of this censorship have been shown and exposed on both social media platforms. For example, well known conservative pundit Milo Yiannopolous was a very avid Twitter user. He was a gay man who consistently went against the Democratic Party and helped share the conservative message.
He was banned from Twitter, however, once he became extremely popular on the outlet. Because he did not fit the liberal profile, they censored him. He tweeted absolutely nothing offensive or wrong.
His followers started a hashtag called #FreeMilo as a result, in order to raise awareness of this unconstitutional censoring. This silencing has been proven across multiple media outlets as well, with the #FreeMilo movement being at the center of this censorship movement.
The Democratic Party has proven to America that they don’t care about the Constitution because it doesn’t follow their agenda. They will do anything in their power to suppress the conservative’s voice.
Our first amendment is at a breaking point in history. If we sit back and continue to allow social media and the news to silence us, then we will lose the Constitution. We must stand up and fight for our rights. Keep posting, keep speaking, and challenge liberal America. Only then will the Constitution be restored to its former glory.
I would like to bring up a scenario in a classic novel, 1984, by George Orwell. This was a novel that was written to show the reader the fears of Socialism. In this book, the people all think the same and are monitored 24/7 by the government. The government controls all, including the people’s very thoughts. Now obviously this is unrealistic and all, but it is becoming alarmingly relevant in our present day.
The government is becoming increasingly more and more powerful and the Democratic party is, in a way, controlling our speech. By censoring the people, as the media and society are doing, it is bringing us more and more towards the anarchy that was 1984. We must challenge the Democratic Party and stand up for what we believe in.
Regardless of whether you’re a Trump supporter or a Hillary supporter, you must stand up for what you believe in. Don’t allow anyone to tell you what you can and can’t say.
We are all entitled to our own opinions and have the right to express them. The first amendment is here for a reason, and the Constitution is what we live by. Liberal America needs to stop spitting on the Law of the Land and instead enforce it.
We need our First Amendment back. Post away America.
Nathaniel Beach ‘20 is a politics, philosophy, and economics (PPE) major from Columbus, Ohio.