In an impassioned plea, GOP Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took to the podium in Iowa on Saturday to drive home the sanctity of free speech. He underscored its fundamental role in a functioning society and threw a spotlight on the adverse consequences of muffling voices.
Ramaswamy’s rhetoric reverberated through the Twitterverse, where a video captured him asserting, “Free speech is a precondition for truth.” Through the power of succinct language, he depicted the unraveling of social fabric when voices are curtailed: “You tell people they cannot speak, that is when they scream. You tell people they cannot scream, that is when they tear things down.”
Harkening back to yesteryears, Ramaswamy brought to fore the venerated wisdom of the founding fathers, casting the limelight on icons such as James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. He anchored the essence of being an American to open debate: “Speech and open debate that you get to speak your mind and you do and you do and you do too. As long as I get to in return, that’s the bargain of what it means to be American.”…