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Claire Uhl Ethics Professor Reed Harwood 6 October 2008 Journal #5 I agree with Mill when he say’s “the will of the people, moreover, practically means the will of the most numerous or the most active part of the people; the majority, or those who succeed in making themselves accepted as the majority.” This was shown in the past election. For the first time young people, who felt change was necessary got really involved in the presidential election and their voice was heard and they succeeded in electing Obama. If we did not have the right to stand up and say we want change or argue with our elders about politics then our country would not be the same. We need freedom of speech in political situations so that we elect those of best potential. However, there is a flip side to this freedom we have. For example, during the presidential elections I personally heard a lot of comments that I don’t think were very appropriate. The commenter’s were mostly very ignorant and that may be why they
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Unformatted text preview: would refer to Obama as a terrorist, the N word, and much more. How are we suppose to get rid of this problem though? I don’t think we really can. We can either have freedom of speech, including any ignorant comment one wants to make, or not have freedom of speech at all. I thought long and hard how we could have freedom of speech without allowing hateful words and comments. I first came up with the idea of allowing freedom of speech and thought but if the thought or speech is hateful they must be kept inside private places rather than out in public. However, I don’t think this would work. When I picture our country doing such a thing it resembles George Orwell’s society in 1984 were there were thought police, doublethink, and doublespeak. Therefore I came to a conclusion that just because words can express hateful and ignorant statements who really has the right to tell someone else that they can’t even think what they do, no matter how wrong and disgusting we all may find it....
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