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Freedom of speech a fundamental right

Posted: November 25, 2009 9:06 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
One of the most sacred rights we have in this country is the freedom of speech. The importance of this fundamental right is displayed by our founding fathers placing this sacred right in the first amendment of our Constitution.

Nonetheless, I believe there is a certain responsibility that comes with that right, that although there is disagreement, there should also be respect and civility towards one another.

It seems that differences of opinions or points of view have become condensed to just sound bites and name calling.

For example, during the Bush administration, many folks referred to the former president as Adolf Hitler. This trend has continued to his successor President Barack Obama.

Regardless of political affiliation, when you refer to the President of the United States as Adolf Hitler, do you realize what you are saying?

Hitler demonstrated an evil that, God willing, will never be seen again. He systemically attempted to wipe people of the Jewish race off the face of the Earth.

Do you honestly think this was the objective of former president Bush, or is on Obama's agenda? When you compare our president to this, you are not doing yourself any favors in trying to persuade people to your side of an argument.

I think just the opposite; you are basically saying, "I have no arguments, so I will call the leader of our nation Hitler."


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