former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard shared what she is not thankful for on Thursday, criticizing the media and government leadership for “directly” threatening freedoms of expression put forth in the Constitution.
“Unfortunately, this vision that our founders had for us, a lot of our leaders have forgotten it,” Gabbard said on a special holiday edition of The Tulsi Gabbard Show.
“We’re living now in a time where those freedoms are directly being threatened by those in power, both those in government, those in Big Tech, and in social media,” she added.
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The Founding Fathers included language in the Constitution to protect freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression to ensure the United States is a “robust marketplace” of ideas, whether in person or online, she said.
Instead, civil discourse and debate have become “rare” in politics today, and society and cancel culture have made it hard to disagree “without being disagreeable,” she said.
“For me as a soldier and a veteran, like my brothers and sisters who wear the uniform or who’ve served, I really take to heart the old saying ‘I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,’” Gabbard said in the video she shared on her Twitter.
“Today’s cancel culture makes it so that those in power in permanent Washington are increasingly intolerant of any view that’s not perfectly aligned with their own,” she added.
The former congresswoman served in the Hawaii Army National Guard since 2003, including two deployments to the Middle East.
#Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on everything we’re grateful for. My prayer is that I may continue to be inspired by God’s love, hear His guidance, & live my life in a way that’s pleasing to Him working for the wellbeing of his children https://t.co/asAW9n9Gxl
—Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) November 24, 2022
“It’s unfortunate how far away we’ve gotten as a society and as a country from that vision our founders had for us,” she said.
Gabbard said both sides of the aisle need to learn to treat each other with respect, not only as fellow Americans but as “children of God.”
“We can have strong arguments and advocate courageously for the things that we care about. [But] let’s do so with ‘aloha.’ Do with respect, compassion, and love,” she added.
Gabbard also shared what she was grateful for, including service members, her friends and family, God for his “unconditional love,” and, most of all, life.
“We’re alive. That in and of itself is truly a blessing,” she said.
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Gabbard announced in October that she was leaving the Democratic Party, denouncing lawmakers on the Left for promoting policies that “[racialize] every issue & stoke anti-white racism.”
She has also called on other party members to abandon the party, accusing the Left of only protecting the “powerful elite.”
Following her announcement, Gabbard stumped for several high-profile Republicans in key 2022 midterm election races, such as Kari Lake in Arizona and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.
It’s still unclear what party she plans to join next or if she intends to remain independent.