Speech freedom


The sons of the Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are understandably bitter about the execution of their parents in 1953 as spies for the Communist Soviet Union. They were helpless and innocent victims who lost their parents.

But their bitterness is misplaced. Fifty years later they still can't admit the ramifications of their parents' deeds.  Fifty  years later they still refuse to understand the sufferings of those who lived under Communism. Their parents betrayed them, as well as they rest of us, but they paid a far higher price.
Joining the ever—increasing sour chorus from the left, Robert Meeropol accuses the Bush administration of acting like...why of course, a politician in the McCarthy era by suppressing free speech.
Well, perhaps he's correct.   He now lives in Boston; certainly he's heard of the problems and condemnations of Harvard University's president because he dared to speak publicly.  But no, that's not part of Meeropol's  complaint. 
He whines
"When we joined the great demonstration in New York City against the invasion of Iraq in February 2003, we were corralled and told that demonstrating could take place only in what they called Free Speech Zones," said Meeropol, who spoke to hundreds gathered at the Central Queens YMHA in Forest Hills Tuesday. "In school, I was taught that all of the United States was a free speech zone."
His speech rights were untouched——he just had to allow others some rights.  Oh the suppression!
Perhaps he should have spoken to some people who actually lived under the Communist regimes his parents supported.  Or those who cowered in fear of the Saddam Hussein he was so willing to support. 
Maybe then he would have learned about free speech. But of course he won't.
But he still has the freedom of speech to go around the country complaining about the lack of freedom speech.

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