Repressing free speech becomes the norm


I’m not sure exactly how to process what’s going on in our country on a variety of levels. One that especially concerns me is the rising tide of censorship and complacency in the face of both public and private repression of speech and religious practice.

In this very paper we saw a story about how Twitter blocked the Catholic World Report for stating that the Biden administration was nominating a transgender woman who, undeniably, was a “biological man.”

The insanity around this issue, which began gaining ground after the Obergefell SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage, never seems to lose steam or find new ways to impose on our country a view that has zero scientific basis and massive amounts of philosophical and ontological confusion.

Perhaps because of the illogical roots of the movement, the advocates feel they must censor and repress anyone who disagrees since actual dialogue would probably not help their cause. A typical ploy of the Left, but one which we had largely been free from the U.S. No more.

Instead we have a Catholic president promising to go after a group of nuns who devote their lives to helping sick and poor elderly people. We have Facebook and Twitter routinely banning content that they find objectionable. The Capitol riot has given Big Tech and their friends in government the excuse they need to persecute conservatives of all stripes, but they are not stopping there.

Facebook recently banned several books for violating their ever-changing standards. “The Devil and Karl Marx” was banned because … I guess Facebook really likes both guys and can’t handle someone criticizing them. A children’s book about Jesus was banned because the cover featured a drawing of Christ on the cross, a crucifix.

This comes after Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jack Dorsey of Twitter, and other Big Tech leaders were brought to Washington, D.C., last fall to testify about their perceived biases and censorship of conservative content. And it comes after Big Tech and the traditional media banned stories about Hunter Biden last October, lest unsavory facts were revealed about their precious Joe Biden, who acts like a tough guy but is actually about as thin-skinned as can be and requires almost the entire membership of the U.S. press corps to protect and defend him from legitimate questions and concerns.

So, the warnings and admonitions Big Tech received have obviously landed on deaf ears, at least from the conservative Senators. The liberal Senators, in the meantime, were still busy chastising Facebook for helping to get Trump elected in 2016 by allowing Russian bots and other malign actors to disseminate false information about Hillary Clinton. Nevermind that the volume of those posts was infinitesimally small and that the real reason for Trump’s election was primarily fatigue with Washington, D.C., corruption.

Mark Z and his colleagues in social media needed to be brought to heel and made to serve the Leftist agenda, or else. And so they have done, and are doing.

This all reminds me of the yawns from the press and liberal America when it was made clear that the IRS was targeting conservative PACs and other such groups under the Obama administration. Lois Lerner was summoned before Congress and gave a stone-faced denial of any wrongdoing and — BAM — the press moved on. Nothing to see here. No problem at all that the Executive was using its power to persecute opposing political groups, or that the same branch used its power to investigate and undermine an opposition candidate.

Big deal … and yet, if the shoe had been on the other foot, if social media had engaged in suppression of criticism of Trump, or books about Islam or LGBTQ, or if the FBI had not sat on Hunter’s laptop and instead publicly investigated the case …. The howl from the Left would have been deafening. Heck, just because Trump got elected the Washington Post decided to change its slogan to “Democracy Dies in Darkness” as a sort of perverse mirror image of Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing but get elected.

And so we enter an age of darkness, where conservatives are fair game for all manner of public and private censorship and where the majority of the population seems to go along with the repression, or at best just ignore it.

It is a sad day for America and the only solace I take is in the hope that comes from my faith. I would only ask my fellow Americans on the liberal/leftist side of the aisle to please not support such censorship and affirm the primacy of free speech and free practice of religion, the two most important rights in our Constitution.

For if you do nothing, and allow this campaign of silence to continue, rest assured the censors and persecutors will not stop with us, but will soon come for you as well.

Trey Hoffman

Peachtree City, Ga.


  1. Just a simplistic observation:
    All this plays into the hands of China and Iran and others with a “World View”, who are happy to see the USA become a country divided, with rights repressed, without a core, full of people who are “dumbed down” and accept our trajectory.

    And, “As Ronald Reagan said in his farewell address to the nation, ‘I’ve spoken of the Shining City all my political life. …In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.'”

    I fear that time is now almost over.

  2. The party of Lincoln has moved from prosecuting insurrectionists to acquitting them. Only seven of 50 Republican senators have any integrity. It is sad to see a once noble political party being reduced to a cult of personality.

    The 45th President was accurate when he said that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and not lose any votes. I always assumed that he meant from common citizens, not senators who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution. Obviously, Mr. Trump knew how spineless his toadies are. All I can do is tip my hat to him and hope that an ethical conservative contingent will arise to either rescue the Republican party or organize a new one.

    February 13, 2021 is one of the saddest days in our country’s history.

  3. When will people understand that social media outlets do not have to allow your words to be printed? Trey, do you realize that The Citizen can refuse to publish your weekly diatribe and they wouldn’t be suppressing your speech? Every single private social media platform can make their own decisions on the content that is broadcast to the world. As well, they can change the rules at any time. Free speech has to do with governmental suppression of your speech. When one is banned from a social media platform, can that person still spread their ideas or words? Of course they can – just not on that particular platform. Parler, the conservative site that is now offline, claimed that they were a bastion of free speech. I was banned from the site. I didn’t even get to plead my case. I’ve been banned from Twitter too. This very comment section in The Citizen also banned me once. Why? Because I stepped over the line with the things I said. Did I get upset in any of these incidents? Maybe a little, but it was my own fault for the things I posted. Knowing that private social media sites make their own rules and understanding that we are guests on their servers made me realize I didn’t have a leg to stand on. It’s high time that people understand what they are complaining about. What you think constitutes free speech and what it really is are two different things.

  4. Does this guy just write this stuff up once a week or does the citizen have a queued up backlog of ramblings? I’m sure his Facebook and whatever else is just full of multiple daily rantings. Is this even an informative community newspaper anymore or just a soapbox for this one confused random citizen to continue on? JW. It’s amusing but also someone needs to come gather their husband/son/dad/uncle because
    L O L

  5. Mr Hoffman I’m agree with you about there is not fun for our country and democracy to cut our freedom of speech and censor ideologies, but you mentioned all this are coming from private companies, and we as a consumers have the right to stay or leave from there. My question is, why in the pass 4 years I didn’t see you complaining about the same when all this practices were coming from the government ??? banning people by religion or belief, race, origin, language, sexual orientation, disability, age. Because like I said before, we all this come from a private ( facebook, twitter, etc ) we can leave it and go somewhere else to give our business, but when it come from our government, what do you suggests to do, leave our county ??? Please try to be fair with your letters, that will help to build a better communities and stop dividing people, that is what every government on earth, not matter political party is doing now to their keep the power on us. Thank you