Charlotte, NC – In a new poll from the Cato Institute, the overwhelming majority of conservatives say they are afraid to share their opinion. In the survey, 77% of those who identify as conservative or strong conservative said that today’s political climate prevents them from sharing their political opinion. The reason is because they are afraid that someone could possibly be offended.
The worries are all mostly centered around those who are moderates or conservative according to the data. For example, 25% of graduate-level Democrats were worried that their political views could harm them at work. For Republicans, that number shot up to 60%. It seems the worry is for good reason.
The same poll shows that 50% of liberals support firing Trump donors, simply because they are Trump donors. Not that they say anything, but simply that they have given money to the campaign. This certainly aligns with the cancel culture of our day doesn’t it?
Across America, conservatives are living in fear. That fear has been driven by an extremely radical left-wing agenda to push the US into socialism. Popular politicians, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have often spoke out about boycotting and avoiding people for their personal decisions and support specific causes. Rather than encouraging people to speak out and stand for what they believe in, their violent rhetoric is causing people to remain silent.
We see this in cases such as the Black Lives Matter movement. The majority of Americans support the cause of fighting discrimination and racism. That’s not the situation that is necessarily at question here. The question comes back to their violent actions and inflammatory rhetoric.
A recent poll shows that the majority of American’s do not support defunding the police, reparations for slavery, or many of the other socialist ideals of the Black Lives Matter group. It does show, however, that the majority of Americans support the basic cause of the group. That would be the part about fighting discrimination and racism.
Rather than realizing we can all work together for the common good of fighting against discrimination and racism, the group has gone radical pushing for reparations and defunding the police. The lack of money in your bank account and the absence of police will not fix the issues of discrimination and racism.
What’s their answer? To push the cancel culture motive against anyone that stands in their way. They will call for the firing of executives and workers. They put pressure on brands to admit fault and change or face the consequences. Not because these people are doing something out of a desire to be racist, but because they are committed to their mission.
If they are unable to get their way through the cancellation, then they resort to violence. Black Lives Matter leaders have pushed for the destruction of private property and monuments all across our country. It continues to drive fear, even if you support their cause of fighting discrimination and racism.
Rather than being able to speak out and share their support of the causes, Americans are being pushed into a response of fear and conformity. Businesses decide it’s much easier to rebrand. Others would rather apologize and make big donations to help keep the peace with the violent group.
The first amendment guarantees our rights to freedom of speech. This poll essentially tells us that conservatives are losing faith in the first amendment freedom of speech. They are afraid of retaliation for having an opinion that may differ from the mainstream.
Media outlets and social media companies are silencing conservatives left and right. No more are you allowed to share an opinion that varies from what others may have. The idea is that your rights to free speech end when someone else is offended. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
We cannot continue to live where we silence those who have an opinion. Good or bad, we need to be fighting for freedom of speech. Just because we disagree with an opinion or statement, does not mean it deserves to be silenced.
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