AMERICAN HYPOCRISY ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH - I read an article in the Daily Mail today regarding Piers Morgan, a former British newspaper editor turned TV personality. The article centers on the debate on the control of guns in the United States and how, in the wake of the Sandy Hook atrocity, gun sales and ammunitions have rocketed.
Piers Morgan is known for being outspoken and like most people he gets it right and sometimes he gets it wrong. The fact that Piers has an opinion, and freely expresses, it should not give the Americans, or any other nation, the right to berate him to such a degree where a petition is being lodged with the US Immigration Department for having him deported due to his views.
Where do the Americans get off? So it’s fine for Americans to go spouting off at the rest of the world and shoving, what it calls, democracy down their throats, but when someone like Piers Morgan expressing his views then it’s unacceptable and therefore he should be deported.
I would like to ask the American people if they still believe in the Right of Free Speech or is this right only for Americans? What the Americans might like to consider is that for all their spouting of democracy and free speech they in fact have neither. What they do have is an extremely powerful lobbying system that dictates to the American people what is, and what is not, right. Americans in my view are, as Piers points out, persuaded and driven by fear and the lobbyist certainly know which buttons to push in order to get the people of the United States to do exactly as they want.
Free thinking, or even a different type of thinking, doesn’t seem to be on the agenda when it comes to moving forward. Ask any American if he or she would like to see other non-democratic countries, such as Cuba, change for a democracy and the answer would most likely be yes and yet when countries refuse to bend or change to the will of the United States they are labeled as evil.
When will the Americans accept that what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander? Free speech, regardless of where an individual may come from, is something that we should all accept and furthermore be willing to open our minds and at least listen to what is being said.
The trouble with the Americans is that they are so used to the 2nd Amendment they fear living without it and they fear any type of change that might be viewed as un-American. It seems so strange to me that the American people want to see change around the world – for what they call a more peaceful planet, and yet they refuse to give up the arms they want others to do and also refuse to change as if the United States was the be-all and end-all of human civilization.
In conclusion, the Americans, in my view need a wake-up call. They need to take a step back and ask why do we live in such a violent world and when someone does come along with a different view try to accept that person’s opinion and even try to garner some new ideas from it.
Well that pretty much ties up the prosecution’s case but what about the defense? For all that I have written above maybe the Americans have got it right. Maybe Piers Morgan has no right to criticize a country in which he is residing. Let’s talk straight… If Piers doesn’t like it then why not leave?
Maybe one of the problems the world has today is that too many outsiders, people not of that nationality, criticize what goes on, so wouldn’t it be better if the likes of Piers, and even me for that matter, simply keep our views to ourselves? If the Americans are hell bent on owning guns and living with constant violent gun crime who are we to criticize their way of life? Maybe the Americans like it that way and who are we to deny them their way of life.
The United States does have a reputation of trying to impose its will on other nations, which is why the United States is not exactly the most loved of nations around the world, so maybe the American people should stand back and say… “OK, don’t interfere with our way of life and we won’t interfere with yours.”
On the other side of the coin the Americans could easily point the finger at the British – after all we did control 75% of the globe at one time, and our will was certainly imposed upon other nations to an extensive degree, and some might even say this is still prevalent today.
The point is it is so easy to criticize one another without really understanding the culture behind it, and whether we like it or not it does take this type of debate in order to provide a different perspective that maybe we could learn from. The underlining truth is that none of us really like to be told we are wrong, especially when it challenges decades of thinking and a way of life.
Well that’s my rant over with. I welcome anyone, American or from any country to leave a comment below about this article. You are welcome to have your say as I feel it is your God given right to do so. I am always prepared to listen to what you have to say and your demographic makeup or geographic location is irrelevant to me – you never know I might just learn something new and that is what freedom of speech is all about – learning something new for others opinions and perspectives without berating them or belittling them.