Op-ed

No No, I Was On Your Side

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. – US Constitution. 

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”― George Orwell    

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”― United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights    

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King Jr. “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, as ‘right-to-work. 

“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing, ‘Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’ ”  – Martin Luther King Jr.

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”― S.G. Tallentyre, The Friends of Voltaire  

“Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.”― Henry Louis Gates Jr  

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”― George Washington  
We are living in a time like any other, freedom of speech should not be silenced simply because an organization do not concur with your opinion or ideology. If companies are allowed to quash their competitors or silence an opposition then we do not have freedom at all.

When government takes away or crushes freedom the people revolt through their elected officials to address the issues but when companies proactively suppress free speech due to difference of opinion that is very hazardous to our society.

Today conservatives are been suppressed and eliminated from social media and their liberal friends are excited and carousing with cheers and popping champagne but they forgot that the devil doesn’t have a permanent friend. When the devil turns on them tomorrow, No No I Was On Your side will be on their tongue.

About the author

John Uzuegbu

Creative writing is not just my hobby but part of my existence. I am a born writer and when I drop a stroke, it causes an earthquake.

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