This video shows how Big Government threatens the First Amendment while claiming to honor it.
This is a video about what’s going on in Canada that demonstrates how Big Government threatens freedom everywhere, even if constitutional guarantees remain in place. As expanding government gobbles up more and more of the economy, free speech becomes a legal fiction.
The Rebel simply wanted to contrast oil from Canada which would help the Canadian economy with oil from Saudi Arabia. Ezra Lavant writes,
So, everything’s fine. We pay all our bills. Our ads are political, but they’re not obscene or illegal in any way.
But when we went to them with our latest billboard, they refused to run the ad. They ripped up our contract.
We asked them why, and they told us: they are afraid of offending Muslim activists and even the Saudi dictator himself.
But the billboard company also told us that Montreal’s city hall was pressuring them to stop running our ads — and if they continued, their business might be in jeopardy. Liberal politicians might not give them any more permits.
In the video above you can see the e-mails and hear the phone call where the billboard company told me we’re forbidden from criticizing the Saudi king — and that Liberals were threatening their business. It’s shocking. But somehow not surprising.
But I live in Canada, not Saudi Arabia, and not some banana republic where Liberals can threaten businesses.
But that’s the point—Big Government threatens to turn any nation into a banana republic. No matter what protections of free speech are encoded into law, the larger the role of the state in the economy the more freedom of speech is reduced.
The principal here is well-known: “The customer is always right.” Big Government threatens companies because it becomes a major customer to more and more of them. A state contract is seen as a way to make money. People who want the government’s business will refuse to offend politicians. (This is why it is no surprise, as a New York businessman, Trump used to say nice things about the New York Senator, Hillary Clinton. He couldn’t afford not to.)
There is also a lesson here about political correctness and the power of Muslims to intimidate corporations and obstruct open debate.
But as government grows, free speech is reduced. You can’t have both.