The whole point of free speech is not to make ideas exempt from criticism but to expose them to it.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

At least Obama will probably iterate complete sentences most of the time.

So the Prez wants to address the nation's schoolkids via the internet Tuesday, and lots of folks are afraid it's gonna be an endorsement of "Das Kapital." Some schools are going to allow their kids to watch and listen; some aren't; some are making it elective.

Those who are railing the loudest are probably largely the same group who would have cheered a similar intention by the recent cokehead drunk who occupied the oval office. Obama, at least, will likely present an address that would not embarrass his English teacher.

I'm not an Obama fan, and am rapidly becoming less so. However when the President of the United States offers to address the nation's students, it just seems like they should listen--at least the first time. Those who take issue with whatever statements of policy or philosophy presented can then argue their own point of view, making the whole episode a "teachable moment."

A philosophy--no matter what philosophy--that one wishes to promote is ALWAYS better served by the admission of dissent rather than the stifling of dissent.

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