The First Amendment protects rights shared by by all Americans. It bars the federal government from censoring speech or the press. With the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, it became binding on the states, as well.
Freedom of speech and a free press are among the privileges and immunities of all American citizens.
This is important because it allows all people to speak their minds and express their views, even if they are unpopular. In fact, that’s one of the intended effects of the First Amendment: to allow unpopular views to be heard.
Freedom is often uncomfortable, especially when everyone has it.
But our freedom is threatened. Two-thirds of Americans are afraid to speak their minds or voice opinions outside of small groups of family and trusted friends. They’re not only afraid of being ostracized, they’re afraid of being fired.
This isn’t whatever replaced “woke” and it’s way beyond demanding speech that is politically correct. This is tyranny and I haven’t seen anything like it since the days when Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee were on their respective witch hunts.
I am reminded of Joseph Welch a Boston attorney, testifying before McCarthy’s committee on June 9, 1954. After McCarthy charged that a member of Welch’s legal team was a Communist, Welch asked, “Have you no sense of decency?”
That’s still a good question that could be legitimately asked of a number of people today.