But we should do so out of civility, not because we have been ordered to do so by our government.
When small free speech limitations are turned into law, it narrows the free speech of everyone.
Rep. Castro argues that these terms only serve to dehumanize and ostracize. He concludes, "Words matter, particularly in the context of an issue as contentious as immigration."
Words do indeed matter, but may we suggest that the motivation here is to control the use of the word illegal in order to gain greater acceptance of those illegally entering our country? If we can legislate that word away, the American conscience is left with the term aliens or immigrants–words that evoke compassion and the American impulse to render aid.
This proposed bill seems such a small, insignificant matter. Yet our super-sensitive culture almost guarantees it will gain some traction.
If we don’t object to small incursions into our free speech, the small tend to become part of a “long train of abuses and usurpations”—the same type of government behavior condemned in our very own Declaration of Independence.
Small things can have a big impact when it comes to our liberty. Tell your legislators to spend their time on more important matters.