Thursday, October 21, 2004

First Amendment takes beating

North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County News

"Americans aren't listening to one another. Political debate is irrationally sharp and pointed, even rude. When passion dominates the debate, reason evaporates and truth is lost. Like the Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq, there seems to be no middle ground in this political season. Though lip service is given to the idea of freedom of speech, in fact, many Americans attach a silent caveat to the First Amendment: "As long as you believe like me, think like me, and agree with me."

Unfortunately, I think this is true in too many cases.