The speech codes started in our universities, so no student would be offended; then the media and entertainment industries became stridently politically correct. Then, at the urging of a president, the Federal Communications Commission brought the open Internet under its control and (despite denials) in time they tracked our email and our blog postings and licensed websites. Then, at the urging of another president, the FCC suppressed conservative radio, as it was deemed inflammatory and biased. (Recall in 2013 the FCC had a plan to review how broadcast newsrooms covered the news.)
Then finally, a left-liberal Supreme Court emasculated First Amendment speech in a decision ratifying what had essentially been lost — the ability to criticize political power.
Now today, many ask just how is it that we ceased to be citizens and became subjects?
In the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”