posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 02:50 PM
I agree with RedDragon---free speech means total freedom of speech, regardless of our own views. In fact, the views which insult or offend us
personally the most are those we should defend most vociferously, because if we don't agree with free speech for or most bitter foes, then we don't
agree with it for ourselves. It is funny that Blair, with all his power and might, seems so thin-skinned and afraid of criticism. Bush, as well, it
very infantile and spolied-frat-boy-whining when it comes to accepting criticism, or even taking responsibility for mistakes. Fortunately, they
haven't tried to pass any measures limiting freedom of speech here in the US, at least not yet---although they can monitor what we read on the
internet or what books we check out from the library under the Patriot Act.
Let's face it---freedom of speech is not a right the goverment gives us, or something they allow us to have, any more than they give you the right to
breathe or eat. If you have a nose and a mouth, you can breathe. If you have a working mouth and a brain, you can speak. Governments do not grant us
freedom of speech! We are born with it! It is, therefore, only a right that they can take away, not on that they can "grant," no matter how they
In America, we are taught to be so "grateful" for the fact that we have free speech. That's laughable. I won't thank any government for giving me
what I already have. The government does not give us free speech, nature/God/ our creator---whatever term you wish to use---does. So remember, do not
be "grateful that the government allwos you to speak freely"---you have that right regardless. But be very vigilant and be prepared to fight tooth
and nail if they try to take it away, because government has no right to take from you anything that is not theirs to begin with.