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ROSE NOLEN: 'Monied minority' use free speech without considering consequences

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | 1:42 p.m. CST

I suspect that within the next few years the monied minority will have convinced Congress to pass an amendment that will require the federal government to protect their safety. That document will probably make the current security checks look like child's play. Since they want the right to insult, offend and demean anyone they choose, they obviously realize that occasionally someone is going to take offense and retaliate against them.

And if they continue to spread hate and evil through their radio and television stations we can probably expect all of our lives to be at risk because of their bigotry toward people of other religions and skin colors. Their no-holds-barred approach has not only insulted people of color in America who have been putting up with their hatred for years, but people of color and different religions throughout the world have now been included. As if we don't have enough domestic and foreign terrorists threatening citizen's lives, the monied minority just will not shut up.

It is only because they make money for their bosses who are the same kind of people that they are allowed to continue. And, let's face it, there are many Americans who think name-calling and insulting people who are different is humorous. Their harassment of gay people is an example of their offensiveness. It will only be when these monied individuals become aware of the fact that actions have consequences that they will seek protection. They will naturally refuse to take the responsibility for the fact that they are endangering American lives with their tongues, they of course will blame the government for the whole thing.

These people refuse to accept the fact that no individual or group of individuals own this country. All of our ancestors came from someplace else, even those whom we call Native Americans. People of all religions, skin colors, national origins and cultures have served in the military service and gone to war to defend this country. So, those who feel that this country belongs to them are wrapped in a fantasy. It takes nothing special to call other people names or make light of their culture. Most Americans, fortunately, have evolved into human beings. They have risen above the lower animals. When we hear bigots insulting people from behind microphones we know that they are really not that tough — otherwise they would be in Afghanistan insulting terrorists.

Responsible media outlets refuse to allow bigots to use their airwaves to insult others. But the federal government has allowed unethical individuals media ownership and relaxed its standards. So, like most things in the country today, anything goes out on the airwaves.

Certainly since the terrorist attack of 9/11 issues of safety have taken center stage. Also the fact that technology has made the world a smaller place and we have become more aware of dangersthat face us, homeland security has become extremely important. The problem is many Americans have a tendency to want their cake and eat it, too. They want the government to ensure their safety, but they resent government interfering in their lives. It would take a genius to determine where to draw the line.

Probably it's safe to say that if early Americans shared our need for security, the country would still be made up of 13 colonies. When you think of those who moved the country west in horse-drawn wagon trains not knowing the dangers facing them, it's inconceivable that Americans today would be willing to face those dangers. With medical science conquering so many diseases and our technologies simplifying so many of our daily tasks we seem to have fallen into the state of mind where we expect to succeed at everything without cost or effort.

I think this accounts for our short attention span and our impatience at staying in school or working at problems that have no easy solutions. I doubt that we could survive another Great Depression or many of the serious epidemics that faced earlier generations.

But in spite of the appearance of things, I truly believe that there are some people left in America who are still willing to take the road less traveled, who are willing to deal with the hard stuff and dedicated to taking the chance that they might fail before they succeed. These are the kind of people that understand that life even at its best is still a gamble. And the fact that bad things sometimes happen to good people is not enough to make them lie down and quit.

These people are not among the monied minority. They are the kind of citizens the founders had in mind when they developed the country. They will be the real survivors.

You can join the conversation with Rose M. Nolen by calling her at 882-5734 or e-mailing her at nolen@iland.net.


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John Schultz December 1, 2010 | 10:15 a.m.

I'm sorry, but this op-ed is frankly a piece of tepid crap if Ms. Nolen isn't willing to name names of those "monied minority" who are so gosh-darned bad.

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Ellis Smith December 1, 2010 | 10:54 a.m.

John:

Ms. Nolen is infamous for not assigning a name to "the elephant present in the room." She and Professor Adelstein of MU should get together. Adelstein posts op eds in the Tribune. According to Adelstein, dark and sinister forces are perpetually at work at MU, but their exact identity is not always clear.

We (the rest of this university) do, however, get the idea that MU may be a very scary place. How do you guys manage to survive? :)

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