Saturday, November 22, 2008
In my internet travels I encountered these headlines...
Two stories about journalists living (and dying) in Cuban prisons.
Naively I question why any government feels the need to imprison journalists. I came up with one answer: Fear.
Cuba's Castro and his brother Raúl are the perfect example of fear. They know personally that if the people are incited to make a change in the government then a revolution is possible. Quite possibly a violent revolution. The oppressed rising up to overthrow the oppressors. The very means that allowed Fidel and Raúl to enter into Cuba's government is the foundation of their fear. Fidel and Raúl are now the oppressors and fear for their lives. No matter how benevolent a dictatorship is still a dictatorship.
We effectively let the 'revolution' happen every four years. Our is a government based on representation. We have established rules for the orderly transfer of leadership. Part of the overall process which insures the representation of an individual's views and opinions is freedom of speech. This extends to journalism and the freedom to report on any aspect of our society.
In our Democracy there is a bell-curve of opinion on every topic of discussion and concern. Depending on the topic the curve can be skewed to the left or the right. By allowing individual opinions we franchise every member of our society. By employing the democratic process of choosing our leaders we allow our social orderety to moderate itself. This usually means that extreme ideologies and positions are shunned in favor of the more moderate choices.
When we as a nation empower every individual to be a fully qualified participant in self-rule then we operate from a position of strength. Founded on the strength of our democratic process we then have nothing to fear.
Posted by William Meloney at 1:07 PM
Monday, November 17, 2008
I guess you have to sell the "News" somehow...
... and last but certainly not least:
Read Time Goes By
Posted by William Meloney at 6:10 AM
Sunday, November 16, 2008
As I was reading yet another in the long line of "I can't believe America elected a [Black|African-American|Muslim parented|mixed race] President" the following story came to mind...
A senior and a junior monk were walking back from the market to their monastery, after a rainstorm.I am disquieted by the thought that so many dwell on the most superficial aspects of the past election. If any conditional statement should be made it is ...
They reached a river-crossing which was usually shallow, but now they found it hip deep. A pretty girl was on the riverbank crying because she would ruin her clothes to wade across the river.
The senior monk picked the girl up in his arms and carried her across the river, carefully placing her down on dry ground.
The 2 monks continued back to the monastery, but the younger one was appalled...monks were not allowed to touch women, even look at, or speak to them...how could the senior monk justify this breach of his vow?
Eventually he had to ask the senior monk...How could you?
The senior monk said,"When I reached the far riverbank, I put the girl down and left her there. It is you that has been carrying her back to the monastery and can't put her down."
Read Scripting News
Posted by William Meloney at 9:29 AM