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The Erosion of Free Speech: A Critique by Tucker Carlson and Glenn Greenwald

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In a scathing critique of conservatives who championed the First Amendment only to advocate for censorship against pro-Palestinian protesters, prominent figures like Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) and Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) are calling out the hypocrisy that has tainted the discourse on free speech.

These critics are spotlighting individuals who resorted to labeling pro-Palestinian demonstrators as pro-Hamas or even terrorists. The irony isn't lost on Carlson and Greenwald as they unveil the disconcerting reality of self-proclaimed champions of free speech turning against it when faced with opposing views.

The condemnation extends to those who, in the name of combating hate, paradoxically began spewing hate themselves in the past month.

The accusation is sharp: those who unfollowed or blocked dissenting voices merely for asserting the right to protest in the United States, irrespective of agreement, are betraying the very principles they once claimed to uphold.

Tucker Carlson and Glenn Greenwald spotlight a double standard in the treatment of protests, drawing attention to those who decried attempts to silence former President Trump under the pretext of preventing harm through words. Yet, these same individuals seemingly endorse gagging students and hundreds of thousands of American protesters, arguing that such restrictions are somehow virtuous.

The essence of the critique lies in the prioritization of popularity and views over the fundamental principles enshrined in the Constitution of the United States.

I would argue that some have chosen the allure of likes and agreement over the cornerstone of what makes the United States the greatest country in the world — the unwavering commitment to free speech and the right to dissent.

During their conversion on X, Carlson and Greenwald expose a disconcerting trend wherein those who once positioned themselves as defenders of freedom are now seen as complicit in its erosion. The question raised is whether these individuals can truly be trusted as guides when their actions betray the core principles that define the essence of the United States of America.

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Simon Ateba