At a recent dinner, I was struck by how much self-censorship has become routine in our lives. Discussions about important national issues were effectively squelched by the phrase, "Let's not go there!" I thought to myself, "Why can't we go there and where could we go?"
We couldn't go to the downsides of single motherhood, nor to governmental limiting of our right to free association, nor to the use of the IRS as an agent against conservative speech, nor to government attempts to finance abortion, nor to possible rule by presidential decree.
Have we been conditioned by persistent messaging to equate careful consideration of important issues with improper speech? Also, what would not be considered improper speech? Is it trivializing Christian beliefs that are found in the Bible? How about scornful speech about traditional family values and old, white males? Advocating for government control of firearms should also make the list.
Why put up with this nonsense? Vote.
Peter F. Zych
Hilton Head Island