The west proudly purports to be free; to promote free speech and democracy. We look down upon those lesser nations who have an unelected dictator or military leader with a god complex.
Okay. So here we are in the liberated west and yet we get upset when someone expresses their point of view. A couple of examples…
Okay I have other issues with these guys but they express their opinions on their show and they cause an uproar. A couple of comments about a little nation on the US border; Mexico, and all hell breaks loose.
And they are not the only ones. Poor Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson is in trouble for expressing an opinion about a referee in a recent Premier League game of football. Fergie in trouble. (Disclaimer> I was born in the East End of London, currently live in Milton Keynes, so I support Man Utd)
If we live in a free society why do we condemn others for expressing their opinions? What are we afraid of?
I’m wondering if we (the west) are any different to any other nations or people around the world? Yes, we live in democracies but instead of suppressing dissent we ridicule it and consign it to extremism. The problem is that satire only works for those intelligent enough to grasp it. If we want to change the opinions of others we need to connect with them… no change there.
Perhaps it is time to fight back and be a little less oblique!!!
I thank Andrew for this…