Friday, July 21, 2006

Welcome To The U.S.A.: Independent Thinking Strictly Prohibited

Kevin Barrett, a University of Wisconsin-Madison instructor, has come under fire from lawmakers for publicly speaking his theory that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were an inside job orchestrated and commanded by the Vice President Dick Cheney. A letter signed by 61 state and federal legislators condemned the University for allowing Mr. Barrett's continued employment and further went on to urge that the university terminate him immediately. Although I completely disagree with Kevin Barrett's outlandish and unsubstantiated claim, he has a right to peacefully express his views on any forum he sees fit. If people don't like what he has to say ... don't listen, it's that simple. Furthermore, our lawmakers (who obviously need to take a refresher class in American History ... specifically The Bill of Rights) have no business attempting to reprimand someone for having a point of view that differs from their own. It really seems to be the norm with this presidential administration anymore ... if someone says what you don't want to hear, round up a posse of cronies and take 'em down. Wake up people ... if citizens of this country are forbidden to speak their opinions freely without consequence, we're well on our way toward a dictatorship.


Blogger Ananke said...

I'd have to agree with you on all points. The guy's sort of a whackadoo for even thinking that could be possible, but he still has the right to say it. Tyranny begins with small steps and censorship is one of them. Well said.

July 22, 2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger JK said...

I really wish more people would step back and look at the bigger picture of what's going on here ... a slow and methodical erosion of basic constitutional rights and freedoms, the potential outcome, quite frankly, scares me.

Thanks for reading.

July 23, 2006 12:00 AM  

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