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Re: God Bless America
Posted By: MarkN, on host
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at 18:01:14
In Reply To: Re: More Thoughts posted by Kelly on Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at 15:46:36:

> To be honest, I read your post and felt my blood presure skyrocket. I was furious at the very thought that a fellow American would want the US to be pacifistic given our current situation. I decided I had to respond to this post. I couldn't just read it and say nothing. Thoughts were running through my brain and I was wondering how I could turn them into some type of coherent response.
> Then it hit me. In the midst of all my anger, frustration, disbelief, etc...I remembered a line from a movie.
> "Let's see you acknowledge a man who's words make your blood boil, and who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours."
> Your words made my blood boil. They infuriated me beyond words.
> Yet I would give my life in defense of your right to say them.
> God Bless America
> Kelly

Absolutely. Freedom means the freedom to disagree, the freedom to be selfish, and the freedom to protest. In many other countries, the kinds of protests that are going on now would be literally crimes.

I firmly believe that freedom is America's greatest strength. But where there is freedom, there will always be abuse. Former Lord Chief Justice Halisham said that there is no way of having a free society in which people do not abuse their privlidges, and assert their liberties in ways that our wrong. Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty.

Mark"God Bless America. I never get tired of saying or hearing that."N