The most recent of school massacres, in a long line of them, has been Parkland in Florida, with the expectation of many more to come. The other day, the Daily Progress reported that a teenager in Louisa County was taken into custody for making violent threats against his high school. That seems to be the way of the world in the United States. Keep your eyes open and your head down, and that has nothing to do with books. The discussion about these events typically centers on safety vs. gun rights. I’d like to suggest that there’s another, possibly more important element that is either forgotten in the fray, or intentionally ignored by sweeping things under the rug. Where is the 1st Amendment in all these discussions?
Dave Brat knows, and I’ll be getting to that.
We all know – at least I think we know – that politicians have a tendency to forget the truth when they speak to the electorate. Some forgetfulness is more intentional than others. When that forgetfulness gets to be a habit because of ideology, we citizens have a big problem. It means that so-called representative of the people isn’t paying attention. There’s no difference between that and censorship, only this form of censorship is more subtle.
There are ways of not paying attention. Dave Brat has demonstrated that many times in the past. He holds “town hall” meetings in ways to avoid facing his constituents who disagree with his policies. Blackstone VA in February 2017 is a perfect example. This was where he was unable to answer difficult questions and all he could do was belittle the people who had concerns and took the time to go this meeting. That is censorship. That is denying Freedom of Speech.
Another way he doesn’t pay attention is when constituents ask for a personal meeting with him while Congress is on recess. To “facilitate” the meeting, he asks those constituents to submit questions in writing so he can prepare for a “meaningful” discussion. The translation of this is that he finds an excuse to cancel the meeting. He will not meet with those who disagree with him. That is censorship. That is denying Freedom of Speech.
He has at least one page on Facebook where he supposedly communicates with his constituents. At one point, Sara James was his paid troll to intimidate those who disagreed with him. He doesn’t even have the courage to meet the constituents himself, but has to have someone do it for him.
Maybe he considers that his light work. That is censorship. That is denying Freedom of Speech.
The point that I want to bring up is his Facebook page, especially during these heated discussion about the school massacres that occur around the country without any legitimate solutions offered by the GOP. My suggestion for anyone is to go to Brat’s Facebook page and find his comments about the Parkland shooting of February 14, 2018. That’s what I did. Try to make some disparaging comments about Wayne LaPierre and the NRA. You’ll be singled out as a spammer. That is censorship. That is denying Freedom of Speech.
The discussions have been about school safety and so-called gun rights. You can add Freedom of Speech to this discussion as well because it looks as if the Republicans, the NRA, and Brat specifically want to infringe on that right to the point where it goes away. It’s such a bother to them. It interferes with their contributions and power positions.
Why should Freedom of Speech be important? Because that’s what Republicans, the NRA, and Dave Brat specifically are afraid of. What the electorate must do is send the message in such a way that it can’t be avoided by any of these methods used by Brat. It should be made clear to 2nd Amendment supporters that losing the 1st Amendment right is more dangerous to Republicans, the NRA, and Brat.
Vote out the Republicans.
Vote out Dave Brat.
Stop the influence of the NRA.