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Freedom of Speech

A Philadelphia newspaper archive.

A Philadelphia newspaper archive.

Where did I put that soapbox? Ah yes, here it is…

I hope it is not just me but I am finding the recent series of incidents at town hall meetings regarding health care rather dumb.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no qualm with people voicing their opposition to a current political issue directly to their politicians, I actually find that admirable. However I do find that drowning out what the politician or others are trying to say with meaningless chants and blather just dumb.

Part of freedom of speech is in allowing others to voice their opinions  even, especially, if you disagree with them.

I do appreciate the small irony in drowning out these town hall meetings with recitations of the pledge of allegiance. I wonder what they are actually pledging themselves too?

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all

— Noam Chomsky

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