The year of 2017 may go down in history as one of the darkest times for American honesty and global realities as P.C. culture has begun to run amok.
Throughout the nation, a band of audacious liberals and radical leftists are fighting to neuter the First Amendment to their liking; namely, to insist that any opinion or thought that could offend anyone should be barred from utterance. This absurd and medieval tyranny has become known as “neo-Fascism”, and is being exemplified by the actions of groups such as Antifa, the University of California at Berkeley, and the mainstream media.
Political correctness has been a muzzle for American ingenuity as well, throttling the truths that allowed our nation to once lead the globe in efficiency and production. Instead, we are now moving toward equity instead of our Constitutionally protected equality – a distinction that suits the social justice warriors of the left just fine.
This plague of nonsense has been widely lambasted by a vast majority of Americans in the past year, and a new poll from the esteemed Cato Group shows just how unpopular the dangerous idea has become.
“The Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, a new national poll of 2,300 U.S. adults, finds that 71% Americans believe that political correctness has silenced important discussions our society needs to have. The consequences are personal—58% of Americans believe the political climate prevents them from sharing their own political beliefs.
“Democrats are unique, however, in that a slim majority (53%) do not feel the need to self-censor. Conversely, strong majorities of Republicans (73%) and independents (58%) say they keep some political beliefs to themselves.
“It follows that a solid majority (59%) of Americans think people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions in public, even those deeply offensive to others. On the other hand, 40% think government should prevent hate speech. Despite this, the survey also found Americans willing to censor, regulate, or punish a wide variety of speech and expression they personally find offensive:
51% of staunch liberals say it’s “morally acceptable” to punch Nazis.
51% of Democrats support a law that requires Americans use transgender people’s preferred gender pronouns.
65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.”
These stats are stunning yet incredibly important.
Americans must be reminded, time and again, that free speech must remain completely free in order to maintain its efficacy. Without the ability to denounce those who would infringe upon those opinions, our nation will suffer the fate of so many totalitarian states before it.