posted on Jul, 24 2004 @ 12:00 PM
A poster in another thread raised a very good point with this quote:
“All President Bush did was give his opinion, as I gave mine earlier agreeing with him, that this was a bad idea. It's your cry of "He has
no right to critize the government of Spain/The Phillipines!" that prompted my response... Does freedom of speech not apply to him like it does the
rest of us?” By ThunderCloud posted in Vengeance and the Meaning of Democracy
Do presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, other heads of state and cabinet level politicians of a country have the same freedom of speech as ordinary
citizens? Especially considering the possible consequences of speaking their minds? Does what the leaders say automatically become government policy?
Consider that every modern leader has dozens of speechwriters and committees to comb through every word of a speech making sure it is “politically
correct” in order not to offend or inadvertently cause a diplomatic incident. Also consider how the press and the public will jump all over a
politician if they say one single word out of place.
Are citizens ready for freedom of speech from their leaders? Would their political careers survive? Or will the press and people pounce on them as
they do now?
Personally, I would prefer to hear my leaders speak from the heart with no repercussions instead of hearing weasel words and poli-speak all the time,
but somehow I do not think the world is ready for that.
Interesting questions, no?