The USA has Freedom of Speech so high in its Constitution that it overrides almost anything. It can’t even stop Neo-Nazis marching.
While it should be obvious to anyone with an IQ higher than 40 that the state should stop people who abuse a Freedom of Speech to propagate ideas that would limit any Freedom for others (including being included) – for minorities, oppressed groups.
Very similar to blocking bigots from being eligible at elections (as Israel does). People, who want to be elected democratically to exclude other people from their democratic rights, should be excluded themselves.
Hate speech and slander should be banned.
But the US can’t do it. And guess what? This larger-than-life freedom now comes back to haunt them. Russia is spreading election and other political propaganda inside the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.
Russia is interfering globally, but it bothers and threatens only the US?
And now we get it. US politicians clamber about over each other to get to the microphone to tell all who want to listen (and all who can’t help overhearing them) that foreign powers should not be able to spread their lies and interests into their pristine Goldene Medine. While anyone who’s living there and is famous, rich or “well-connected” can spread and is spreading any lies and propaganda they want around the clock.
How is blocking “foreign lies” different from totalitarian regimes filtering or blocking their peoples’ access to the Internet, the World Wide Web?
Value ideas no matter who said them – unless they came from outside the country? That would make reading this blog illegal in the US!!
The world’s most arrogant democracy that constantly confuses national pride with nationalism and militarism. That topples and installs governments the world over with impunity while at home it makes sure that millions stay homeless, have no healthcare and won’t vote. That ignores and humiliates blue-collar workers so much that out of revenge they elected a clown as president – Mister I-make-it-up-as-I-go.
Let it block home-grown hate speech and baseless slander first. That is what is needed. But they won’t do that, because they have the greatest democracy in the world. Where thousands sit on death row and 150,000 are murdered every year by private citizens (3,5 times the rate in Israel, 8 times the score of the Netherlands, more than 15 times Japan) who all have free access to firearms (yet another idiotic constitutional “right”).
Bunch of nut cases. That’s where arrogance leads you: to assume that you are so much better than anyone else so that you don’t have to examine your own deeds.
Believe me, there is nothing more awe-inspiring than someone who eats some humble pie and makes amends, than countries that amend their ruling principles that went off the rails.
Maybe the UN should demanding that the US stops its death penalty, limits hate speech and stops unlimited distribution of firearms and prescription and “recreational” drugs. Would humiliation open its eyes?
Now, you could object that people generally do not improve when criticized. They get defensive, feel hurt and hated and double-down. That is true in general but not in the case of arrogance. Then you first need to wake them up to reality. But now that they must be awake, let me tell them that I love every American I ever met – lovely people. Especially the working class folks. Hospitable, win-win people.
BTW: If there is trouble naming Trumps failed (let’s hope it won’t be approved) tax reform plan, I have an idea. If healthcare under Obama is Obama Care, tax cuts for the rich under Trump should be Trump Cuts (for the opposition: Tax Cut the Rich Bill). OK, Obama Care is officially the Affordable Health Care Bill. So, call this the Unaffordable Tax Cut Bill.
While the Times of Israel site was hacked and this post was not uploaded yet, the new tax code was published. It is just unbelievable how these allegedly respectable People’s representatives put on a show and lie through their teeth without the slightest sign of hesitation. Would their lies be any better than Russian lies? Why? Because the former represent the US population? I would think that makes it worse.
(They are bragging that the average family of two parents and two children would get under this new code $1,182 per year more. Less than $100 per month, less than $25 per person per month. While the rich are going to receive benefits in the thousands of dollars a month. Luckily, there will not be a majority to pass this sham.)