Wednesday, 27th February 2013
JOHN KERRY: AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE STUPID – The new Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently took over the post from Hillary Clinton, has been facing a bit of a backlash over his comments that Americans have the right to be stupid.
I am not going to call myself a Journalist, as I have never had any formal training – I am sure a number of my readers can testify that my writing skills are sometimes more than a little unorthodox, to put in kindly, when it comes to reporting the news.
On that note I think some most journalists who reported this news, and posted the video, as I have done above, are missing a critical point. Where many have berated John Kerry for saying that Americans have the right to be stupid, they seem to be missing his point and that is ‘Freedom’ as he clearly points out in the video.
In the UK we are currently being faced with the Press being regulated, due to the News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal and the recent Leveson Report being published, resulting in a number of Lords, in the House of Lords, calling for a Watchdog for the Press.
America and its people may often seem to other nations that they have sometimes lost the plot but the truth is, as ridiculous and it may sometimes sound to outsiders, that what an individual or group has to say is due to the fundamental right of free speech and free expression.
There is little that I agree with, when it comes to John Kerry, but on this point I wholeheartedly agree – Free Speech and the Freedom of Expression are the pillars of democracy and regardless of how ‘stupid’ they may appear at times, we should all recognize that without them we become nations of voiceless people who are controlled by our Governments.
If you don’t want your country turning into another North Korea then exercise your right to speak your mind and express yourself freely.
Again, while I may not be a trained journalist and while I will never get everyone to agree with my points of view, it does not alter the fact that I have a voice and I want to be heard. The principle on which I setup Meebal.com was to allow me, or indeed anyone who wants to register and write for meebal.com, the ability to voice your opinion because it is through open dialogue that allows us to move forward as a species on this planet.
Just remember your right to free speech and expression must also be extended to others and therefore while you may not agree you should at the very least appreciate that others also have the right to voice their opinions and be heard.