It’s a damn good thing we have the Constitution we have here in the United States because you can rest assured that we would soon be seeing the same type of speech police tactics here that are destroying most of Europe.
According to the Daily Wire,
On Tuesday, German police raided the homes of 36 people accused of posting “hateful” content on social media. The content in question includes allegedly racist posts and threats.
The raids largely targeted individuals associated with far-right movements hostile to immigration.
“But the raids also targeted two people accused of left-wing extremist content, as well as one person accused of making threats or harassment based on someone’s sexual orientation,” reports The New York Times.
The majority of aggression from authorities when dealing with monitoring and regulating speech is geared towards what they like to call the “far-right extremists”, although take notice that the NY Times had to step in and try and make it like they are also trying to regulate speech from those on the left as well. This is a typical tactic that we saw take place shortly after the shooting of House Rep Steve Scalise a couple of weeks ago. The left tries to create a guise in which there is this alleged balance of rhetoric and violence coming from both sides, when in reality that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Daily Wire goes on to explain,
“The measure, championed by Justice Minister Heiko Maas for passage this month, would fine Facebook, Twitter and other outlets up to $53 million (50 million euros) if they failed to remove hate speech and other forms of illegal content,” notes The Times, adding:
Under German law, social media users are subject to a range of punishments for posting illegal material, including a prison sentence of up to five years for inciting racial hatred.
Under the draft statute, networks must offer a readily available complaint process for posts that may amount to threats, hate speech, defamation, or incitement to commit a crime, among other offenses.
Social media outlets would have 24 hours to delete “obviously criminal content” and a week to decide on more ambiguous cases. The law, approved by Germany’s cabinet in April, would be enforced with fines of up to $53 million.
From twisting the arms of social media companies to censor and erase “hate speech” to raiding the homes of social media posters accused of posting “hate speech,” the German government is ironically sabotaging its own democratic ideals as a way to safeguard against fascist impulses.
So not only are they literally arresting people in Germany for alleged hate speech posted to online outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, they are taking it a step further and attempting to fine those outlets for providing the arena for the free speech to take place. This should disturb everyone around the world as free speech is something we should all hold dear as it is the perfect gauge to truly understand where a person stands on a topic along with the ability to see how crazy some people truly are.