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Thread #64299   Message #1054050
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
15-Nov-03 - 07:39 AM
Thread Name: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
Subject: RE: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
There seems a little inconsistancy in taking pride in a commitment to free speech, and objecting when people exercise that right. What seems to come across isn't so much "That's a silly thing to say" but rather "How dare you say something like that"

Getting irritated about criticism is what you'd expect from a small fragile nation. It always seems a bit strange coming from an enormously powerful one. You'd expect Americans would just shrug it off.

Perhaps caring about that kind of thing is actually a kind of humility, and is an indication that the USA really is a bit different from other empires. I can't imagine the Romans worrying about this kind of stuff, or the British or Spanish when they were imperial powers.