Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage

Winston Churchill

A lot of people, especially on the left, really don’t get the whole “free speech” thing.

Most notably, they behave exactly as Churchill admonished: they seem to think that “freedom of speech” is a licence for them to say what the hell they please, and no one is allowed to say anything in response.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib came to the defense of fellow “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar after Omar was condemned by a group of 12 Jewish Democrats for her comments comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.

Tlaib tweeted, I kid you not, that “Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress.”

Tlaib’s and Omar’s problem most conspicuously isn’t freedom of speech, it’s getting them to shut the hell up.

Because neither of these cretins seem to get it, let me put it in simple terms:

Freedom of speech doesn’t mean that no one is allowed to say that you’re a vicious, bigoted moron.

Note, though, that this is not the same as the left’s favourite anti-free-speech line: “Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences”.

Because we all know what the left mean by “consequences”: banning, cancelling and physically threatening and attacking people.

The “only consequence” here is being called out as stupid, hateful, and anti-Semitic.

Tlaib’s remarks came in response to an earlier post from Omar, who said it was “shameful” that her Democratic colleagues had called on her to clarify her statements.

So she says something so astonishingly stupid that even Democrats are taken aback, and now she’s shocked, shocked I tell you, that some of them ask her to explain herself. That’s, like, totally Islamophobic. Yes, she actually said that.

The controversy stems from a Monday tweet in which Omar seemingly equated the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups such as the Taliban and Hamas.

“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar said.

The tweet led to a swift rebuttal from Rep. Brad Schneider and 11 other Jewish Democrats, who released a critical statement aimed at their Democratic colleague.

Ah, well, there you go: it’s the Joos again. We all know what Tlaib and Omar think about them.

“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice,” the group said.

“The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban,” the statement continued.

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Wow. So much Islamophobia! The horror! Where’s her freedom of speech?

Next thing we know, she’ll be banned from Twitter and Facebook, and the Scottish police will be kicking down her door and accusing her of a “non-crime hate incident”.

Oh, wait: none of that has happened. Because she has freedom of speech.

Her real problem is that so do her Jewish fellow Democrats (for now).

That, and the fact that she can’t stop shooting her stupid mouth off.

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Lushington D. Brady

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. I grew up in a generational-Labor-voting family. I kept the faith long after the political left had abandoned it. In last decade or...