I THEN WILL BE A TOAD!
by Robert E. Alderman, Jr.
One of my long ago, collected “quick thoughts” seems applicable to the current waive of censorship and attacks on free speech by the so-called progressive movement of the extreme left:
Two men were arguing an issue when the first man said to the second:
“Think as I think or you are abominably wicked; you are nothing but a toad!”
The second man after careful thought regarding the options that were given to him, replied:
“I then will be a toad.”[I have no source for this, but the propriety of the reasoned conclusion is self-evident.]
In America, we have always had the right to be “toads” – i.e. incognito “princes”.
Without the free and constant right to engage in free speech, through arguments, disagreements, debates, everyday conversation and elections, neither side nor third party-on-lookers are given the opportunity to truly evaluate, learn and grow – either in the direction of modifying or becoming more confident in their current perspectives.
Gregory Koukl in his book “Tactics” expresses it this way: “…when arguments are few, error abounds.” And: “Those who refuse to dispute have a poor chance of growing in their understanding of truth.”
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Since and even before America declared its independence, the never unwavering, until now, pillar of free speech – the centurion of all other rights – has been summarized in this proclamation known by all of us – even the extreme, progressive left:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!”
Unfortunately and sadly, the progressive left leaders – currently in political control of America creating ever expanding censorship and banning free speech pertaining to their platforms and objectives – have: a) no rational support for their positions (otherwise they would not be opposed to argument on such and would, in fact, welcome it); b) are not interested in Truth, and c) want to preclude everyone else from pursuing it as well.
Still, Truth will ultimately prevail!
Have a great week!
(and to my family, Love, DAD