Newt Gingrich, who may or may not decide to make a run for president in 2008, said in a speech recently that we need to re-evaluate freedom of speech in order to meet the challenges posed by terrorism. Story.
Gingrich, speaking at a Manchester awards banquet, said a “different set of rules” may be needed to reduce terrorists’ ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message.
“We need to get ahead of the curve before we actually lose a city, which I think could happen in the next decade,” said Gingrich, a Republican who helped engineer the GOP’s takeover of Congress in 1994.
This may simultaneously be the most terrifying and the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard suggested. Freedom of speech is a concept that Mr. Gingrich evidently can’t wrap his feeble little mind around. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be insulting, it’s just that he’s an idiot.
If he did understand it, he would understand that it is not something that can be tweaked – it either exists or it doesn’t. There is no grey area here.
But what about the terrorists? he asks. He is afraid that the terrorists may be allowed to spread their message of hate. (This is something that he believes christians and republicans should hold the monopoly on.)
It seems as of late that republicans have forgotten what the word ‘freedom’ means. With warrentless wire taping, the department of homeland harassment, and the patriot act – how can we dare as a country try to instill ‘freedom’ in middle eastern countries when it is obviously a concept we have yet to grasp?