Last week County Commissioner Ronald Beaty asked a politically provocative question on social media that started calls for his resignation. His conduct on the Commission has been exemplary and he has confined his controversial comments to social media. I support his right to exercise his right and the right of all Americans to politically incorrect and uncomfortable free speech. The first casualty of a totalitarian government is language. Think of how many words have had their definition changed in the last fifty years. How many words have you eliminated from your vocabulary because you are afraid of offending someone? Self censorship is when you you can't find politically acceptable words to express your firmly held beliefs and it is the flip side of the intimidation and propaganda coin. Mr. Beaty's uncomfortable questions wake me up and make me think. Voters are always being asked to look at a candidate's underlying philosophy and decide if that candidate can represent them adequately. If the answer is no, then organize and be prepared to persuade your representative to your point of view or be active in the next election cycle.
We protect freedom of speech because freedom of speech protects us.
Phyllis Sprout, Mashpee