posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 06:16 PM
Okay, first of all let me state this:
In most of my posts and threads I try to stay either individualistic or neutral, pointing out both the positive and negative on either sides. Yet
people tend to twist my words around, making me seem Pro-this or Anti-that.
Yes, I AM being Anti-Bush in this thread. However that does not mean I bring it into other threads. Try to keep that in mind.
That being said, lets get onto it.
No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or
opposition. And both are necessary.
This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for, as a wise man once said: "An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to
correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed-and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian law-maker Solon
decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.
This was speech given by JF Kennedy
about the media's output toward the Cold War.
He strongly encourages the media and citizens to point out what they do not agree with in the administration.
Where is that today. I can understand that times have changed. I can understand if the administration were to ignore all the citizen's views. It
started out that way as soon as Bush came into administration. But unfortunately things have now gone further than that. Laws have been passed that
can enable the government to prevent, silence and stiffle citizens from speaking up.
I read an article here on ATS that a woman was given a fine for having an Anti-bush bumper sticker on her car. I have read articles about special
services visiting a young teenage girl for comments made on a forum.
If JFK was wrong to encourage freedom of speech, US citizens surely would have revolted. He would not have minded. Because a revolution is an
expression of unhappiness toward the administration. Even so, a revolution did not occur.
Bush. The polar opposite. Where is the revolution? It is all around. Unfortunately it has been stiffled. When this is brought up some people tend to
say "we are protecting our rights." Well what rights will there be to protect if they are taken away? JFK was onto something. Bush is not.
If the United States of America is all about freedom and the freedom of speech, Where is it?