It seems like it’s feast or famine. We say we want freedom of speech, until someone speaks. We say we want tolerance, until we have to stand up. We say we can’t legislate morality, until
someone does or says something that offends us. Oh, the outrage.
Isn’t it odd, in this day and age, in the United States of America, that the public outcry on any given opinion columnist who dares to speak out the opinion for which he or she was hired, has to defend himself or herself, because of the most vocal opinionated voice of the public.
The public voice is often outrageous and irresponsible, and weighed down by vested interests.
We seem to want freedom only when it is convenient, or popular, or when we get to wave our outrage flag. It would almost be comical if it did not destroy the livelihood of opinion columnists and opinion talk show hosts. Two wrongs do not make a right.
Freedom of speech is not meant to be only the current, popular group think tank concensus, spoken by popular personalities.
Freedom of speech is not meant for only particular religious groups, lobbyists, banks, millionaires, CEOs of companies, or heavy-hitting advertisers who use their dollars to buy the opinions they believe in.
Freedom of speech is freedom of speech. We all need to use our voice to state our opinion, or voice our stand on a political issue that matters to us. Others have a United States constitutional right to say any and all opinions they may have. We also have freedom of speech, and are able to voice our opinion on any and all subjects.
What neither side of any issue has no right to do, is to attack the person, go after that person’s job, in attack smear campaigns. This is childish. Name calling and attacks on a person’s character is something parents deal with when their children go off to first grade. And it does nothing to address the subject at hand.
We all must stand up and be socially responsible. Often, rather than stand up for what we feel is right, or use our freedom of speech to make valid and important points vocally, we turn into cowards and verbally attack the person who has the opinion we don’t like. This is a warped sense of power.
Someone has hurt my feelings.
When did “someone has hurt my feelings,” turn into, “They have no right to say that” (whatever it is we do not agree with). What are we, children? We are acting like it.
This may not be a popular article.
It is easier to jump on a bandwagon, any bandwagon that has momentum, rather than tackle a sensitive issue ourselves.
What will our friends think?
Will we lose any public standing if we say what we really believe?
Will we lose our jobs?
There is so much penalty to voice an opinion contrary to the popular public opinion. It is so much easier to character assinate the individual or group stating something we do not agree with.
We need to activate our freedom and our voice and social responsibility actions. We need to grow up. We need to step into our personal power, and stop giving it away in the tornado of destruction caused by our attacks on others, no matter how insane we believe them to be.
People’s words and actions give them away. They do not need us to make them look foolish. They do a good enough job of that themselves.
I am using my freedom of speech, acting with social responsibility, to suggest everyone what I see as a solution to a growing problem sweeping this great nation of ours. It is imperative we regain our freedom of speech. We are on the brink of losing it.