If freedom of expression has no value, why then freedom of religion?
Conversely, why not make the President of the United States a holy figure?
The American President as God's Holy Messenger on Earth could be considered a Prophet. He could be considered God. He could be considered whatever religious concept anyone can imagine, the moment you erase the separation of church and state. The Congress could be anointed Apostles of the Holy Government. The United States could redefine itself as the Glorious Manifestation of God's Rule Over Planet Earth.
Where does it end?
It ends at the freedom to say "no." No, he's not a God; he's not a Prophet. There will be no "establishment" of religion in the U.S. There will be freedom of speech. Actually it's already been said. Get over it.
"When it comes to bullshit, big-time major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe, in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims: religion." -George Carlin
The Emperor Opines
Barack Obama spoke Tuesday at the UN in one of the most cynical, historically revisionist pieces of propaganda I've ever read in my life.
But I do agree with his point defending freedom of speech:
"I know there are some who ask why don't we just ban such a video. The answer is enshrined in our laws. Our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech ... I accept that people are going to call me awful things every day, and I will always defend their right to do so."
If Obama had stopped there, this would be a triumph.
But, this explanation was but one tiny slice of the propaganda barrage that Barack Obama employed. A modern magician, Obama's soothing words seek to hypnotize and to create the illusion that the empire has disappeared. Like an elephant behind rotating mirrors.
"[True democracy] depends on the freedom of citizens to speak their minds and assemble without fear, and on the rule of law and due process that guarantees the rights of all people."
I should do an expanded article on that one presidential whopper, so dripping with hypocrisy that the floor of the General Assembly needed mopping up. Obama, who's Homeland Security engineered the crushing of the peacefully-assembled Occupy Wall Street movement across the nation, and is currently fighting tooth and nail in a federal appeals court to destroy due process and detain suspects without charge indefinitely, presents himself as the savior of the world.
"Those in power have to resist the temptation to crack down on dissidents."
He means in other countries.
"The United States of America will always stand up for these aspirations for our own people and for people all across the world."
Except, apparently, when they demand an end to corruption and Wall Street superfraud.
"Now let me be clear, just as we cannot solve every problem in the world, the United States has not, and will not, seek to dictate the outcome of democratic transitions abroad."
I'm not sure if this was intended as a comedy routine.
It is the main endeavor of the United States foreign policy to dictate the outcomes of democratic transitions abroad. It's hard to entertain the notion that it does much of anything else. The NED, IRI, Freedom House, State Department, CIA, and numerous foundations loosely connected to the federal government have their toxic tentacles sucking on every corner of the globe, every so-called "democratic" transition. Even in Russia the government must pass new laws to register these meddlers as "foreign agents" whose purpose is plainly to "seek" to enforce Washington's will in foreign elections.