A new culture of shaming has taken hold in America. Trump administration employees are being shouted out of restaurants and movie theaters or impolitely “asked” to leave.
A CNN reporter was recently heckled at a pro-Trump rally.
The level of civility has gotten so bad that Congresswomen Maxine Waters stated that shaming should be a concerted political strategy of the Left.
“If you see anybody from that Cabinet [of the Trump administration] in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters said. She later encouraged protesters “to absolutely harass them.”
While people are certainly entitled to their own opinions, harassing others who don’t agree with them in the public sphere degrades one of the most precious rights given to us by our founding fathers: freedom of speech.
That freedom has already been downgraded by the successful strategy of Islamists to portray in the press every criticism of Islamism as racist and bigoted. “Islamophobia!” they cry, making any critic of political Islam a persona non-grata in the public sphere.
Those pushing sharia law have even managed to teamed up with stalwarts of the Left — feminists, LGBQ activists and more (whose rights under a sharia regime ironically would be non-existent).
Ask those protesting against Hamas (i.e. pro-Israel activists) on college campuses today how their life is going.
Waters’ call takes the sails out of our right to free speech to the next level. Harassers may not be violating any law on a technical level, but the effect of their tactics will serve to create a self-imposed state of censorship. Sounds pretty Stalin-like to me.
Is this the type of country we want to live in?
As the world devolved into fascism, communism, Nazism and Islamism, America stood apart, maintaining respect for political process – a large part of which eschewed demagoguery and relied on dialogue.
It’s time to get back there.