Newt Gingrich has gone done the path of suggesting that we must take away the definition of what it means to be free in America. I think he’s completely wrong. We cannot save America by destroying it.
This is one of the things he said at a speech Gingrich gave at the Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award dinner in New Hampshire on Monday.
He suggested that due to the ongoing war on terror, we might need some new rules for our Freedom of Speech right.
“I want to suggest to you that we right now should be impaneling people to look seriously at a level of supervision that we would never dream of, if it were not for the scale of this threat.” That`s one quote. “This is a serious, long-term war,” Gingrich added, “and it will inevitably lead us to want to know what is said in every suspect place in the country. It will lead us to learn how to close down every Web site that is dangerous.”
This has been tried before Mr. Gingrich. It is not patriotic to take away freedom. And the First Ammendment at that. Good luck because suppression is validation. Tell the people no and they will do anything to get around you. It doesn’t matter the quality, it’s the idea that someone has deemed some kind of content as ‘wrong’. Censorship has never worked here.