Freedom, Pure and Simple

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
George Orwell

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”
Oscar Wilde

I’m sure everyone is talking about the James Franco and Seth Rogen movie, “The Interview” and its

Pictures by Pixaby.com

Pictures by Pixaby.com

cancellation. In my life, I haven’t ever seen a movie pulled due to fear of repercussions. Movie makers LIKE to make people squirm and stretch their brains. That is the point of making movies, to represent people, things, places, times etc that don’t have the chance to represent themselves. Here in the USA, we have been blessed with freedom of speech and expression, our government knows (for the most part) that humans NEED self-expression, we need that stimulation. Or we will leave. Leave by either checking out mentally and going through life sleepwalking or…. simply leave the country. I am very thankful for this freedom. I am NOT thankful for cyber terrorism or any kind of terrorism for that matter. I am only thankful for it, in a way, because, it shows us how far our society has fallen. If we are able to so easily bow down to an unknown entity whose action has been to leak documents, what does that symbolize? Important documents to Sony have been leaked, sure, but just documents all the same. These hackers could be anyone. If it IS North Korea, our backing down is an even bigger problem. Sony has the right to release or not release any movie it wants to, but backing down like this would be a clear sign to any current terrorist groups that the USA is weak. I would take it as a sign to move. I won’t be surprised if we see more incidents such as this. Perhaps even worse.

I shall not be silenced

I shall not be silenced

This seems to me like bad parenting. When a kid throws a temper tantrum in the store because you said no to a candy bar. Instead of holding your ground, you are so embarrassed by your screaming child that you hurry through the line and give in to his demand. Sure, here is your candy bar, just stop making a scene….. That is what we are saying to the cyber hackers/North Korea. Sure… you can control what we put in our theaters.  Have we, as a nation, forgotten what freedom of speech means? I certainly hope not.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

[Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States, August 8, 1950]”
Harry S. Truman

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