United States of Hypocrisy

with Greg Tyzzer

Freedom of Silence

with one comment


If there’s one thing that makes me proud to be an American, it is that I have the freedom to express my opinions openly. If we didn’t have the legal right to say what we want, when we want (as long as what we are saying is true and doesn’t hurt anybody), my blog could be shut down and I could be thrown in jail. There are some things, however, that a lot of people don’t think we should have the right to do. For example, I have the right to burn an American flag in protest against the war. If I did so, though, I would be ridiculed and possibly even sued. I can’t say bad things about the President in public. There are so many other things that we have the right to do to express ourselves, but there are many more bodies that want to limit our freedom.

With so many people fighting to limit free speech, what do we have left?

The time will come, I think, when the most powerful form of protest will be silence. Not the kind of silence where you ignore a situation, but the actual, physical silence of a group of people sitting outside the Capitol, holding hands, but saying nothing. In some ways, I fear this will be our only form of protest available; disagreeing with the government openly will be a crime.

What do you think?

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  1. I think we’re still a ways away from that. Suggesting to a large group of Americans (or even politicians!) that we make it illegal to criticize the government, and you’d probably get shouted down, if not mobbed. So while it’s good to keep our eyes open and not let something like that creep in on us slowly, we’re still very much a country that likes to say whatever we want, whenever we want, about whomever we want. Regulation is, and will probably continue to be, at a minimum.

    Joel

    March 11, 2011 at 1:36 am


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