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Let them speak! Don't cut off the mic, even if you disagree.

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You may have heard about the impromptu graduation speech that valedictorian Paxton Smith gave last month at her Dallas high school. Abandoning her pre-approved remarks on the influence of mass media, Smith delivered a scathing attack on the recently passed Texas "heartbeat" law to restrict abortion.

The speech went viral and the internet exploded with praise from prominent liberals, including Hillary Clinton (who hailed Smith’s “guts”) and comedian Sarah Silverman (who called her "brave.") “Paxton, thank you for having the courage of your convictions,” tweeted former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. “May we all use our place in this democracy to fight for what we believe to be right and follow your example!”

But if Smith had gone off-script to commend the new measure, which prohibits abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, would people like Clinton and O’Rourke be applauding her courage and outspokenness? I think not. And that speaks to a much bigger problem in our culture, which is on not-so-grand display every graduation season.

Call it "freedom for speech that I like." When a young person takes a stand for something we agree with, we stand up and cheer. But if it’s not to our political taste, we condemn it as too political. And you can't........


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