In his online column, Bill O’Reilly posted a commination concerning American media, politicians and society in general having too loud a voice in the digitally connected world.
We have senators claiming that American actions are similar to those of the Nazis, Pol Pot and other despotic regimes. Is this political mudslinging going too far? Can there be a limit on free speech? The World War II generation had no problem showing that during a time of crisis, it is best to present a unified front, and not air the dirty laundry of the nation on the front page of the Baghdad Times. 60 years of technology certainly have had an impact on this, but the general attitude of the American people has migrated across the political spectrum.
The military concerns itself about a concept called the <link><urL>http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/usmc/strategic_corporal.htm<label>Strategic Corporal.</label></link> In today’s world, an action or utterance by a soldier on the ground can, through the help of Al Jezeera or CNN, become a strategic issue. This same thing is true concerning remarks by senators, or even some ultra-liberal protester on the street.
Is O’Reilly implying that we need to censor the media and politicians? Some dissent is healthy and necessary, and freedom of expression is non-negotiable. Is there a point when we, as citizens, need to say "enough is enough" and temper the shouts of the extremists? Is it reasonable to expect some self control on the part of opposition politicians, considering they should be representing the voting public in their district?
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