Senator Ted Cruz has carved out a reputation as someone who is willing to say unpopular things. And maybe that’s why he has become such an important and articulate figure in the battle to preserve free speech in America.
The First Amendment was enacted as a protection not of the speech the majority likes and agrees with – it doesn’t need to be protected. It’s there as a safeguard against those who would usurp the power of government and use it as a weapon to silence the thoughts and ideas of people whose ideas are regarded popularly as bad, inappropriate, repulsive, or ignorant.
Free speech isn’t irresponsible. It merely demands that a society that has it be responsible to confront bad ideas not with brute force but with better ideas. If you have a politically correct, speech silencer in your family – or a friend who is convinced Ted Cruz is a nutjob, make them watch this short video. They both might be surprised.