A&E’s recent furor over a personal comment by one of Duck Dynasty’s cast members is offensive and arrogant, to say the least.
But not for the reasons most people assume.
The ability of any one entity (or person) to create a cascade effect ostracizing a person or group of people for something they said smacks of totalitarianism.
One of the basic principles of this nation is the ability of individuals to speak freely, to express themselves without fear of reprisal. It is a right our country risked life and limb to obtain and became the capstone and foundation of our constitution.
Unfortunately, the majority of Americans have no sense of history, no concept of the freedoms they spurn so lightly.
At the time of the American Revolution, British colonists were subject to jail and death at the whim of the British monarch for any word he deemed “inappropriate” or “offensive.” America’s forefathers lived in constant fear of saying the wrong thing.
The right to freely express ideas contrary to public opinion or the nation’s political correctness is the most valuable commodity any people possess.
It seems we have thrown away the one thing people bled and died to win in an effort to obtain popularity and peer approval.
When did we become so thin-skinned that a mere word or difference of opinion turned us into whimpering, crying children demanding that someone “punish” the offender? When are we going to grow up and realize that we might not agree with what someone else believes or says, but we have an obligation and responsibility to defend their right to say it?
“Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it; Those who fail to learn history correctly — why, they are simply doomed.” Achem Dro’hm “The Illusion of Historical Fact” CW 4971
I am deeply afraid that as a nation, we are doomed.