Free speech is dying in our nation. It’s indisputable, really. And sad.
Saturday’s Donald Trump rally at the Dayton International Airport is just another example.
There, Thomas DiMassimo of Fairborn attempted to, in his own words “take his podium away from him (Mr. Trump) and take is mic away from him” according to an interview with CNN.
Hail free speech!
It would be one thing if Saturday was an isolated incident, but it isn’t.
All across the nation groups who claim to be tolerant attempt to silence those they disagree with by labeling them intolerant, bigoted, or racist. It isn’t isolated to one end of the political spectrum – both sides are guilty.
Some are even turning back the clock by throwing the word fascist around – a term foreign to most born after 1970 but given a resurrection during the 2016 presidential campaign.
This isn’t a sympathetic column on Mr. Trump – I strongly oppose him on many issues.
However, what I hope we can all agree on is that Mr. Trump, or former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and all others have the right to their ideas and the free expression of them.
The right to express ideas, no matter how unpopular, is one of the very foundations our nation is built on. That doesn’t mean we all have to agree, but it also doesn’t give those who oppose another’s idea the right to take a microphone away in order to silence them.
If one disagrees with Mr. Trump, Secretary Clinton, or any other candidate, then the ballot box is the place to express that disagreement.
I’m guessing if someone tried to silence Mr. DiMassimo’s protests, he would raise all sorts of hell.
And that’s precisely how it should be – for everyone in our great nation.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.