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Gosar Censured for Free Expression

Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”

-Jess C. Scott

By a vote of 223 to 207, the House of Representatives voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar and strip him from his committee assignments after he tweeted an animated video where the character depicting him kills the character depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This is already the 24th time the House censured a member, the first being Rep. Charlie Rangel from New York for ethics violations related to campaign fundraising.

Two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, also voted for the resolution that censured Gosar over the video, which was made by his congressional staff. It's rather peculiar that our human right to free speech has become a partisan issue. When did the Republican party become the party of tolerance? Aside from Cheney and Kinzinger, who are obviously more concerned with their own reelection efforts, Democrats largely voted for the resolution to punish symbolic speech.

You can't preach diversity if you can't practice tolerance, and the left in this country proves time and time again how intolerant they have grown.

Gossip argued that the cartoon was “symbolic” and was referencing immigration policy. He explained that the video is not to imply that he wants to murder AOC, or that he wants her dead. Instead, it symbolizes the fight the GOP in the House is prepared to have over President Joe Biden’s socialist $4 trillion spending bill that grants amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the US.

Was the video immature? That’s probably a fair word to describe it. Was it threatening? Only to those who need to create mountains out of molehills for political gain. This censure comes from the same party that used to defend violent video games against conservatives on the grounds of free expression. Violence in Hollywood films is far from a conservative idea. In fact, Hollywood itself is filled with leftist actors and writers. Yet, they portray violence that could arguably influence real-world violence.

This censure comes from the same party who called the riots of 2020 “mostly peaceful” as citizens of this country were knocked to the ground and kicked in the face. They continued their “mostly peaceful” narrative as cities burned to the ground right before their eyes. They organized to help out looters who were arrested during the chaos, bailing out many violent offenders. They didn’t just watch the violence unfold, however; they encouraged it.

Anybody with a rational mind could watch that video and understand that Rep. Gosar is not threatening any real violence. However, we haven’t been operating on logic for a long time now. In the new normal, outrage signals that you’re part of the solution. Everyone expresses outrage because of the dopamine hit they get from likes and share on social media. Overreactions have become expected, because this is the new way of politicking.

We should all be offended that our elected officials were paid with our tax dollars to take time and discuss Gosar’s video. With the pandemic, a crumbling economy, and more threats of violence in the streets as the country awaits the verdict of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, there are a number of things more worthy of our time than addressing an anime video on the floor. Our elected officials are using our emotions against us. It’s time we the people demand that they refocus their attention on items that would actually work to make America great again.

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