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nvme Donating Member (486 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 01:33 AM
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255. I agree with skinners desire to create harmony
Edited on Sun Jul-13-08 01:34 AM by nvme
I am deeply offended however by efforts to eliminate FREE SPEECH. As hateful as it may seem and utterly disgusting as it may be, "inflammatory crap" is central to democratic ideals. Idiots will act according to their nature. I think the Klan is terrible, yet they exist; the first amendment guarantees their right to assemble and speak their mind. Rational adults can recognize whether it is appropriate or not.
Free Speech encourages the exchange Ideas; it fosters growth. Sometimes yes it can diminish our image. In the long run however it encourages us to think and express ideas no matter unfavorable they may seem. The agreement we all make using this site supporting democratic ideals and candidates is fair. Beyond that it is venue to exchange ideas. this is not a republican recruiting site. This a democratic oriented independent outlet. If someone comes here and is offended by something then they have to right to express their outrage toward the offending comments.
In the short run you stop people from being offended. In the long run people stop expressing ideas for fear of being censored. Does that really serve the community ?
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