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Article by Bryan Howard
April 6, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence gave an amazing speech at Rice University’s Baker Institute on Friday. During the speech Pence slamme socialism claiming “America will never be a socialist country.”
Pence had many protesters attempting to shut down his speaking event calling him a bigot and Satan. These protesters were obviously a bunch of leftist fruit loops who never worked a day of their lives.
Pence started his speech by targeting censorship from people on the left.
“And as we gather here at Rice University – one of the great institutions of higher learning in America – the truth is, we do so at a time of growing support for socialism and a growing intolerance for diverse viewpoints on many college campuses around America… speech codes, safe zones, and intolerance against people whose faith or economic philosophy are no longer considered fashionable by the new American Left.”
Pence closed off his speech with a note of the rise of Socialism.
“And so as we reflect on the cause of freedom in this hemisphere, let me close with a word to this rising generation: Those of you who feel drawn to the siren song of socialism, be careful what you wish for.”
“Socialism is not the road to freedom. Socialism is the road to government control. And it grows in the soil of censorship.”
“Now let me be very clear: The American people have every right to engage in peaceful protest, but once you say that some people should not be heard – once you say some should not be able to think or speak or believe a certain way in the public square… you have left the road to freedom and you’re on the road to serfdom.”
Pence continued talking about the courage it takes to stand up for free speech.
“The people of this country know it doesn’t take courage to silence free speech; it takes courage to defend it.”
“As my late father, a combat veteran, used to express this American ideal well: I may disagree with everything you say, but I’ll fight to the death for your right to say it. The essence of freedom, enshrined in our founding documents and in the heart of the American people, is the freedom to disagree… the freedom to air one’s opinions without fear or intimidation… that every man and woman shall sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree and none shall make them afraid.”
Pence concluded claiming America will never be a Socialist country,
“And as President Trump said in his State of the Union address, “America was founded on liberty and independence, and not government coercion, domination, and control.””
“And so I say to this rising generation, the moment America becomes a socialist country is the moment that America ceases to be America. And so for the sake of our freedom, as the President said in his State of the Union address, so we must say with one voice, “America will never be a socialist country.””