Dayne Tracy: No one entity can stifle free speech

Published: 1/13/2021 2:58:39 PM

“Democracy must be cherished and nurtured” screamed the headline on the Jan. 11 editorial. Is the First Amendment still part of democracy that must be cherished and nurtured?

Because if it is, someone should inform Twitter. They have taken down the account of one Donald John Trump because they don’t agree with his message. Does that sound like free speech to you?

Let’s get something straight. I do not condone or support the actions of Jan. 6 that took place in the nation’s capitol. Nor did I condone or support the destruction that took place in Seattle, Portland or Minneapolis this past summer. You remember, don’t you? Businesses were burned down, people lost their jobs and three great cities were turned upside down.

On the other hand, were any buildings burned down or people left unemployed because of the actions that took place on Jan. 6? I don’t think so. If this country ever did go down, the last thing to happen would be for the Congress to write a check for themselves.

No one person or enterprise has the ability to stifle free speech. Not the Gazette, Twitter, Facebook or Google. If this was ever to occur, it would be the end of democracy as we know it.

Dayne Tracy


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