Justin Trudeau supports the right to free speech … unless he disagrees with what’s said – LifeSite

(LifeSiteNews) – Justin Trudeau said in a speech at the B20 Summit in Indonesia a week ago that he believes in “always ensuring and defending free speech,” unless people “bully and attack people online,” and he called on Big Tech to sort out the problem.

Now, before we are accused of promoting bullying or attacking people online, let me say that of course all people should act morally, and any undue vitriol directed against another person is likely sinful and unwarranted.

However, if you understand Mr. Trudeau, then you understand that him saying anything about believing in natural rights is as much a fit of gaslighting as a hillbilly bonfire.

We are talking about the man – a loosely used term – who screamed and shouted about the unvaccinated as he declared them unworthy to travel domestically on planes, boats and trains.

This is the same man who said in an interview in the winter of 2021 that unvaccinated Canadians were intolerable and “take up space,” apparently taking a page from Mein Kampf in his rhetoric.

And let it not be said that his words and leadership style did not influence Canadians, as one deranged individual decided during the Freedom Convoy that Winnipeg protesters against jab mandates should be mowed down for taking up too much space and holding unacceptable views.

But, of course, the goodly vaccinated citizens were righteously angry at the unvaccinated ones – even the ones with natural immunity and who weren’t sick – just as Mr. Trudeau said.

Getting back to Trudeau’s statements about free speech, I should add that I am not a free speech absolutist, as I am not an absolutist when it comes to any set of rights. This is because rights are attached to duties. For example, I have the right to work because I have the duty to support myself and my family.

I have the right to travel because I have the duty to go places for various obligations. I have the right to say things because I have the duty to use language for communication, and so on.

Inherent in an understanding of natural rights is that they all exist in conjunction with one another, and therefore the exercise of any given right cannot in all circumstances be absolute.

If I were to say, scream like a Trump-deranged leftist while someone else was trying to make a point during a debate, then I would be usurping another person’s right to speak, and confusing my right to speak with an unadulterated license to say whatever I want, whenever I want, regardless of decorum and social norms.

All potential and common-sense restrictions to natural rights notwithstanding, the idea that a prime minister should say that amorphous bullying or online attacking should be regulated by Big Tech is absurd.

Perhaps Mr. Trudeau can tell us what online bullying looks like …

Would it be bullying for me to post pictures of him dressed in black face?

Would it be bullying for me to say that Trudeau has failed Native Canadians and has contributed to a national division that puts him league with the 20th centuries most infamous dictators?

Would I be attacking the prime minister by pointing out that he is arguably the worst prime minister in the history of Canada, if not the history of all Commonwealth nations?

What if I lovingly referred to him as the Wicked Witch of the North? Would that constitute a fit of bullying and an attack on the prime minister?

Ultimately, this man is a fraud and a gaslighting charlatan who sold Canada “sunny ways” and instead brought in a winter of economic and moral despair, and who can’t stand when people call out his dictatorial nonsense for what it is.

Kennedy Hall is an Ontario based journalist for LifeSiteNews. He is married with children and has a deep love for literature and political philosophy. He is the author of Terror of Demons: Reclaiming Traditional Catholic Masculinity, a non-fiction released by TAN books, and Lockdown with the Devil, a fiction released by Our Lady of Victory Press. He writes frequently for Crisis Magazine, Catholic Family News, and is on the editorial board at OnePeterFive.

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