Free speech is not ONLY for the Left!

Free Speech, a right, yes, a right, that many Americans take for granted. So many do not even know exactly what it states and who it applies to. The true fact is that free speech applies to ALL Americans.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says:

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.

In other words, Americans have the right to express themselves, no matter the political party, or religion. You are authorized to gather in an assembly, as long as it’s peaceful. Censorship is against the law, whether by the Government or people, which is covered under the Constitution and basic State laws under assault or battery.

The last President was a very unconstitutional President who got carried away with liberal progressive groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa who use violence to get their message out.

We now have a President, Donald Trump, who upholds the U.S. Constitution and what it stands for. Since this election, white Americans feel they have a right to speak up with a President who cares about all Americans.

We all know what happened in Charlottesville. At the end of the day, the white “Unite the Right” guys were not in the wrong. They did everything according to the law and had every right to their assembly. Of course, as a Jew, I do not accept their anti-Semitic message. But as an American, I support their constitutional right to free speech. See how that works?

On the other hand, Antifa, did not have the right to be there since they had no permits and used a means of violence which lead to the death of a young woman. This is inexcusable and President Trump was right to condemn Antifa. The same goes for punching a “Nazi.” Real Nazis back in Germany used violence to censor free speech. There are ways to fight hatred from these groups but violence is not the answer.

Colin Kaepernick, the football player who took a knee during the United States National Anthem, had every right to protest it. This showed he was an inconsiderate person. But he had the American right to express free speech. The catch is, those who support Kaepernick are in the wrong and hypocritical when they choose to censor Ben Shapiro’s speech at Berkeley.

Free speech does not only apply to the left, it’s for all Americans. Americans need to realize this and support free speech on both sides because of the Constitutional Republic that America is.

I will continue to support free speech even if I don’t like it because that’s who I am as an American. I don’t believe in tyranny or censorship in any form. That is not what I volunteered for in the United States Army. I fought for all people to still have that right.

David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.