Under the First Amendment to our United States Constitution we are guaranteed the right of free speech. We are promised the freedom to speak out against our government and those who represent us at all levels.
If would appear to me that all of the “Hub bub” generated by the float at the Norfolk 4th of July parade is being used in an attempt to squelch free speech.
The federal Department of Justice (DOJ) is going to look into this parade float issue! Really? With the IRS scandal going on, thousands of illegals swarming across our borders the DOJ has nothing more important to do than investigate someone expressing an opinion on a parade float in a parade celebrating our freedom.
It is painfully obvious that our federal government is out of control! As a state, we send five elected officials to represent us on the federal level. Sadly the silence from them has been deafening.
As a country I think we are taking political correctness to an extreme and it is not always applied equally across the board. The First Amendment grants us freedom of expression; it does not say you are free to express yourself as long as it does not offend anyone else.
How is it that we have forgotten the principles that founded this great nation? I am positive that we can all think of a time when we were offended by something someone said, a commercial, a float or even protestors – does that mean that they should not have the right to express their thoughts or views?
I hate to say it but it often seems as if freedom of expression is allowed for those who are expressing more liberal views. Whereas, those expressing a more conservative view are often chastised or at present called racist. Newsflash – people can disagree with the current administration without being a racist. You may not like it or agree with it but we all have the right to express our thoughts and views without being called names this is one of the principles that has made our country great for so long.
Next week (July 13-16) I will be attending the Midwestern Legislative Conference or the Council of State Governments in Omaha. Nebraska is hosting the conference this year with legislators and their guests coming to Omaha from North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan for four days of discussions on state policy. This is a great opportunity to get together with our neighbors to compare ideas and see what is or is not working in other states that may work for us.