Ingrid Fagan, wanting to promote freedom of speech abroad, made the statement that “All over the world people are imprisoned or killed for expressing their opinion.” That is hyperbole typical of people brainwashed and indoctrinated into believing that “America” was born perfect and is improving daily.
Ingrid Fagan should learn that Canada, Western Europe, Australia and many other parts of the world are far freer than the U.S. when it comes to speech. While the noble words “all men are created equal” were being written, Africans were sold as slaves and even 12 of the first 18 American presidents owned them.
In the early ’50s, the United States was not free under Joe McCarthy’s fear and smear campaign, and African-Americans were still lynched in the South for daring to speak of freedom. I can state unequivocally that, while the Constitution allows freedom of speech, very often, the American public does not. Most often, when a foreign national dares to point out some deficiency in the American system (God forbid), he is told that if he doesn’t like it, he should “go back where he came from” — some freedom.
Before trying to “spread democracy” abroad, perhaps Ms. Fagan can spread some at home.