Who is advocating for suppressing free speech? Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the definition you're assigning to the word. When I hear the word suppress used in that context, what I think of is people not being allowed to speak. Is that what you mean? What I would like to see is the media and politicians speaking in a way in which they are able to get a point across without resorting to personal remarks that are clearly designed to inflame and hit emotional hot buttons. For example, instead of saying the liberals or conservatives (depending upon the situation) are trying to do this or that with proposed legislation, they could instead reference the part of the bill that they object to or support and give the specific reasons for it. It is possible to say, I don't like this because I feel it will add to our debt and hopefully have some data to back up that argument. It really is not necessary to add, and if it's passed the liberals are one step closer to bankrupting our country. The liberals could make their arguments in a similar fashion without making it personal against a conservative viewpoint. I'd be a lot more willing to listen to what they have to say and would appreciate being treated like a grownup who can form opinions based on facts. If I want to inject my emotions in the privacy of my own home, only my partner has to put up with my talking to the television or the computer. :smile2: He's gotten used to my yelling at the TV. :blush:
:smile2: No TV or computer has been harmed (yet). We do avoid the political pundit shows, though, as it's not only good for the TV but our relationship as we aren't always on the same page when it comes to politics. When we were first dating again a decade or so ago, he was a Bill O'Reilly viewer. I watched with him for a while (quietly) but finally couldn't take it anymore so would just go out of the room to do something else when it was on. When he mentioned it, I told him I didn't want to spend my time watching an arrogant, egotistic, rude a*hole. I don't think he was patronizing me when he agreed with me and stopped watching it, too. :smile2:
They're the ones that view the world in stark black & white, with no desire and/or capability, to see any shades of gray.
Phrases such as, "Take Back Our Country", and ironically, one of my true personal favorites that I've always actually liked, "Accept the consequences of your actions", come to mind when identifying many of 'em.
Mighty strange world sometimes idnit?
Ahhh...I get it. No I was not suggesting more (or reenacting) legislation to regulate this. I would much prefer that people do this on their own.