Letter to the Editor: Freedom depends on personal restraint


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Maybe people are studying our Constitution again.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

A new poll of 13,000 US adults found that 81 percent of Americans agree that 'people are too easily offended these days.”

Furthermore, 48 percent of all Americans believe the country to be too politically correct with just 34 percent of Americans say they choose to identify as politically correct.

Other interesting findings from the poll note that Americans are increasingly confused as to what is acceptable to say without offending somebody. Overall, 72 percent agree that rules about what you can and cannot say change so fast it’s difficult to keep up.

The poll showed 65 percent are in favor of freedom of speech.

The limitations on free speech, including hate speech (in our Constitution), are not on we the people, but rather on the government who might consider limiting our free speech.

If you are offended by someone’s speech you need to get over it because you being offended does in no way limit another’s freedom of speech.

That does not mean we should not encourage people to use appropriate language and to treat others the way we want to be treated but we are not allowed to control another. My responsibility is to control me and your responsibility is to control you. Remember, liberty occurs when freedom is coupled with personal restraint. Government restraint is tyranny not liberty.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that a majority of likely U.S. voters oppose the idea of living in a sanctuary city with a large percentage of those polled believing sanctuary cities to be less safe.

These results are relatively unchanged since Rasmussen started asking the question two years ago. The poll also found that just 31 percent of those polled opposed President Trump's idea of sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

Our president has shown Democratic politicians to be the hypocrites they are! How? They threw a fit when he said our Democratic colleagues want illegals in our country so we will take them to their sanctuary cities. Their reply was, “Don’t dump them in our city.” Those Democratic elites made the illegals sound like garbage (dump them).

Maybe San Francisco will get its fair share, Nancy.

Julia Manning

Spring Hope