Freedom of Speech is often taken to mean ‘I can say what I want, but you can’t say anything about it’ on the college campuses and institutions of higher learning. The kids are after safe-spaces to not suffer the effects, they are totally missing the benefits of open debate.
This article reminds us all how the past helped to develop today. Read this article and see what you think about the prosecutions under the Alien and Sedition Acts. Some of it is almost funny compared to today’s crybabies ranting about anything and everything.
Freedom of Speech is not for any special group, it is for all of us here in the USA. It does not limit anyone, it expands to everyone. If one person burns a flag, another is free to call him an unpatriotic idiot for doing so. The best counter to speech we don’t like is simply more speech. However, after reading this, I can see what Trump may try to do to the media and the 1st Amendment..
What went on in the mid- to late-1790s has reverse parallels today. Where the Mainstream Media (MSM) today, by its own admission, intervened to slander, libel, and smear presidential candidate Donald Trump (now the President-Elect), to aid in and guarantee the election of a criminally irresponsible, scandal-rich, unstable Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, the writers and newspapers of the 18th century came under vicious attack from the government and the Federalists, the party of John Adams, who as President signed the Alien and Sedition Acts passed by Congress. The MSM failed ingloriously in its efforts. But Adams, who was the main target of criticism by “Republican” (the name of the early Democratic Party) writers and newspapers, unleashed the dogs of censorship on them when he signed the Alien and Sedition Acts on June 18th, 1798.