Monday, August 3, 2009

It is about freedom

One of my favorite quotes is, "If you don't stand for something then you will fall for anything." It is sometimes hard but you should have a good idea about what you believe.

We are the sum total of all of our experiences. You might have been heavily influenced by your parents or a teacher or a close personal friend. You influence people as well as you are influenced by others.

I think that in our society of free speech and democracy that we must allow others to speak and think differently than ourselves without criticism. We don't have to agree with them but me must allow them to speak because, if we restrict their speech, we are restricting our own speech.

As a recovering politician I am always reminded of the people who would call me on the phone to announce that I "must" agree with them because they voted for me or better yet that they contributed to my campaign. Hog wash.

I promise that I will not insist that they agree with me if they will not insist that I agree with them.

It has something to do with freedom. Mine and yours.

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