Archive for October 24th, 2008
Two months ago, I saved this quote on my desktop. At the time, I didn’t know why. Now I know. Events and comments made during this 2008 presidential campaign season have illuminated why we need to heed these words by Harry S. Truman:
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. -Harry S. Truman, 33rd US president (1884-1972)
Our government is not there yet, but if we allow hate slogans, catcalling, intolerance and elected representatives to question opposition as “unamerican” can we be far from that path? Opposition by all Americans to these types of intimidation needs to be strong and united. If we silence dialogue, if we eschew diversity, how do we become the innovative economy and country we need to be? My computer has just told me that the word unamerican does not exist. Is AI is more intelligent than humans? By the way, I am not adding it to the dictionary.