Free speech is a double edge sword, and unfortunately when it cuts in the direction that doesn't favor one view or the other it tends to have and adverse effect as it has in our country. Personally I think 24 hour "paid" news coverage CNN, Fox, MSNBC and the like all have an axe to grind. I don't give an open ear to any one of them too seriously anymore. PBS News hour while true it is supported by taxpayer dollars is also supported by actual people like myself and a whole host of foundations, corporations and the like, which I think leaves them as independent as you are going to find.
We here in the US have been split into Red and Blue states which is sad and stupid at the same time. We are a nation of immigrants, brought up on guns, strongly independent and distrust any authority that intrudes on our personal liberty. We should be a nation of purple states that work together like we use to instead of being an extremist country politically and as a people too silent to stand up when elections come around to voice what they really want in government rather than sit at home and not bother to vote. Not to mention the growing fact that the "white majority" is no longer the majority in this country and soon it will be a minority group itself, a fact that scares the white populous to no end. Far right extreme parties or even left ones refusing to compromise sets no trust, sets no values, sets no way towards the future for the US as long as these "elected officials" fail to compromise (a word lost upon all parties these days including the white house), then nothing will change and everyone will stay silent and angry and the shouting will continue and the hate will go on....(Ask yourself why do the Republicans hate Obama so much? Answer below).
I am 57. I have no children. I have no family other than my wife and I have no one to leave anything to other than her. I have no real stake in the future of this country. But I love my country and I am saddened by the road we are on and I see the failure of the people of this country and their elected officials with the special interest groups (NRA currently,but there is the Oil Companies, Energy, pick your favorite lobby group) at their heels, and the men at the top, piddling around with empty wars, wasting lives and treasure and screwing up other countries when there are true human tragedies happening around the world that one could really make a "peaceful" difference. O and yeah, I am and always will be a registered Republican even if I don't vote that way all the time, after all I do have a mind of my own and like everyone we should always use it. Think for yourself and if you don't vote you can't complain. And finally the answer to the question above is one of color. Just saying that's all......
RB Obviously bored at home.