Published: Wednesday, April 3 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Amen to what's being said here. Each day, many of us express our opinions
on these pages and those opinions are vastly different. The DN Monitor attempts
to keep the conversation civil, with much suceess, but there are still cutting
remarks made either at each other or directed toward the authors who post there
opinions in letters to the editors or op-eds. We do all this while taking for
granted the great gift we have been given by our firefathers and those who have
fought to maintain that freedon over the decades. I'm not sure if our
proclivity to engage in such activity is uniquely American but it certainly
seems to be encouraged here in our democracy. Our freedom of expression is a
right that should be cherished and hopefully will not be tarnished by the
irresponsible abuse of that right. Civil dialogue should always be encouraged
but sometimes satire and irreverence are just what is needed to start that
dialogue. The free expression of ideas, in whatever form, is one of our most
cherished rights and we should guard it with all our might.
I loved Johnny Carson but not in the white house. I loved to read Mad Magazine,
Alfred E. Newman smile entertained me for hours. But Alfred smiling smiling in
the white house with "What Me Worry"message really makes me
worry. There is an objective to the razzle dazzle. The smoke and mirrors, and
distractions. Your freedom is being taken. That's not funny.
The comparison of Youssef to Jon Stewart is more than facile. The two have a
close relationship and for Stewart, Youssef's arrest was deeply personal.
Stewart was in his best form last Monday on The Daily Show with a stellar
defense of Youssef's comedy and a exquisite putdown of Morsi, highlighting
Morsi's blatant hypocrisy on slandering religion and on freedom of speech.
It was a splendid defense of free speech and political satire. DesNews readers
would do well to look it up online.Every ruler needs a fool to
deflate the pomposity and keep centered. Lear had a good one. Otherwise they
start believing their own myth. That's when the trouble begins.
Do we have a free press here? With all the corporatations feeding us the news,
how "free" exactly is our news? We see it everyday. Instead of
researching out anything media outlets merely spew out views which we then
regurgitate. If anyone were to take a serious look at our "free press"
I'm afraid we would finally recognize that it resembles more of corporate
propaganda rather than a free press
@george of Please te us how the president has taken away your freedom of
speech since freedom of speech is the subject of this thread not petty attacks
on the president and no me asking you a question is not taking away your rights.
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