DC’s transit agency rejected ads touting the First Amendment (really)
This article has a perfect example of what I've been trying to talk about, the attempts to silence about half the country:
Ars Technica wrote:
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are ideologically diverse: the ACLU itself, an abortion provider, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and alt-right-Internet-troll-to-the-point-Twitter-actually-banned-him Milo Yiannopoulos.
The inclusion of an alt-right figure like Yiannopoulos helps to demonstrate the ACLU's point that WMATA's policy squelches free-speech rights across the political spectrum. But Yiannopoulos' inclusion has also raised the hackles of some on the political left, who see associating with the controversial author as beyond the pale. Chase Strangio, an ACLU attorney who has represented whistleblower Chelsea Manning, posted a statement calling Yiannopoulos "vile" and attacking the ACLU for defending his First Amendment rights.
In other words, rights are only for people we like. Yannopolous shouldn't have rights anymore because his opinions are 'vile'. This is terrifying, especially coming from a lawyer who worked for the ACLU[!].
This everywhere on the left, including right here on this board. Conservative voices are being chased away, shouted or moderated into silence. Instead of punishing actions, the punishment becomes about opinions. People wanted to take away that Google's engineer livelihood just because he dared to publish an opinion they didn't like, and then have retroactively used his later associations to justify that call for punishment.
In what reasonable world can anyone assert that Milo Yannopolous, as awful as the man is, doesn't have the right to free speech?
After, it's critical to remember this: you only need rights when you are unpopular. It's only when the government or society hates you and wants you dead that you really need them!
It is precisely the people you hate most that need their rights the most desperately. This works both ways: the more they hate you, the more of a reason there is to protect yours. The framework that protects them also protects you. Violate that framework at your own peril.
Arguing that right-wingers should be silenced is arguing that you should be silenced. And they are a lot better at using force to get their way. That's kind of their thing.