Having Their Say, For a Moment or All Day
Good gravy, now we know what people did before blogging was invented. The upside to actually going to stand on a soap box on Hyde Park corner is…well, the feedback is immediate, and concrete. The downside is…. Well, there are some people who have responded to my blog-posts in such a manner as to make me profoundly grateful that there was an internet interface, a large ocean and a pair of continents between us. Plus that I actually don’t have to go out in bad weather to have my say.

But it is an honored tradition, which one would like to know is continuing, and that speakers on their soapboxes do not have to fear being squelched by a hostile mob. In that, Hyde Park Corner may have it all over certain American university campuses. Yes, I am looking at you, Columbia University, so it is no good trying to slump down in your seat and pretend that you don’t know what I am talking about. Free speech is truly for all… and quite often what it means is speech that you do not agree with..

Just a thought, though… did anyone on Hyde Park Corner show off the Danish Mohammed cartoons? Now, that would have really been upholding the right to speak without fear of reprisals.

Sgt. Mom is a freelance writer and retired Air Force NCO who blogs at www.sgtstryker.com, and lives in San Antonio.

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