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November 16, 2012

Views & Reviews

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Freedom Of Speech: What has become of the First Amendment? Editorial

Jayson Knight Staff Writer I believe the best idea our founding fathers had was making the freedom of speech the very First Amendment. I appreciate the exchange of ideas. I’m happy that the world’s politics were fairly popular over the last few weeks. Despite agreements, the communication between different viewpoints is what creates America’s melting pot. Cultures coming together and finding common ground is a beautiful thing. That’s why it has upset me to hear so many things said to silence or discard someone’s opinion during recent political discussions. My three least favorite ideas that were so popular in dayto-day conversation, Facebook posts and YouTube comments all sought to suppress free speech lately: “If you don’t vote, then you don’t get to complain about the president”, “I see a lot of biting the hand that feeds” and “If you don’t like it the way it is here, then why don’t you just leave?” I didn’t vote because lobbyists and unions that support the campaigns of politicians are only concerned with the bottom line. Until a presidential candidate speaks out against the military industrial complex that I feel is obvious, I will not support any of them. I would have voted for Ron

Paul because of his consistent voting record on all topics and because of his non-interventionist foreign policy. Please pardon the ramble, but it’s important to note that my decision was an educated one. As long as people are reading up on policy and issues with a non-bias approach and picking a candidate to steer America in one direction or another, then I not only respect that, I admire it. I believe if you treat the privilege with the respect it deserves, it doesn’t matter whether or not you voted. What matters to me is doing the right thing, which for me not supporting the political system. While it isn’t a popular opinion, I support your belief in voting, and I believe mine warrants discussion. In my opinion, elected positions should be family businesses far more rarely. My point is there is no melting pot if you don’t allow yourself to take in some new ideas. Conversation builds community. If we could replace the greed of the wealthy with an equal amount of community, I believe the world would view us as a fine example. There’s nothing wrong with nationalism by itself if that’s what you’re into, but we can’t ignore the effects we have on the world. The first amendment was, in my opinion, designed and implemented for the distinct purpose

of biting the hand that feeds. You can’t just be a good dog and obey your owners in this era of available knowledge that proves obvious misgivings and wrongdoings from our politicians. These highly respected, and respectable, positions are occupied by leaders that owe every taxpayer their best efforts at a better community. As a member of the world community, I would love to visit every country, but I love being an American. I love our people, our strength and what the concept of America (Latin for freedom) really means. That doesn’t mean that I have to accept being part of war profiteering. I don’t understand why it’s celebrated. When I served in the military, I truly believed that I was a link in a chain that was keeping my family safe. I see now the connections between the politicians in power, who they’ve been supported by and how the policies they go after benefit those interested in only profit. When did the pursuit of happiness become just a strong sense of greed and hateful sensationalism? I want the precedent for America to be the people’s devotion to their goals; I want to see them chase their dreams. But I’m utopian in nature, I wouldn’t be happy until I found out what dreams chased.

Theatre Eastern's Childrens Theatre is currently in production of The Jungle Book. Look to the next issue of the Statesman for more pictures from the performances.

Save The Clock Tower? Clubs confuse onlookers with Homecoming shirts Guy Folger Senior Staff Writer Over the Eastern Oklahoma State College homecoming weekend, alumni and students alike were heard to ask, “What’s wrong with the clock tower?” or “What’s going on with the clock tower?” During the homecoming parade and weekend, it was noted that some EOSC Photo Club, Criminal Joes, and Native American Student Association (NASA) members were wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “Save the Clock Tower”. Actually though, instead of EOSC clock tower doom it was merely a homecoming float idea gone awry. Originally, the Photo Club, Criminal Joes and NASA had combined their manpower and efforts to enter a float in the homecoming parade. Their idea was taken from the blockbuster movie “Back to the Future” (1985). In the movie, set in 1985, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is accidentally sent back in time to 1955 in Doc Emmett Brown’s (Christopher Lloyd) DeLorean time machine. At 10:04 p.m. on November 12, 1955, the town’s clock tower is struck by lightning rendering it stuck in time. Back

in 1985, the movie depicts citizens passing out flyers proclaiming, “Save the clock tower.” Fast forward to 2012 and a McAlester auto dealership has Guy Folger promised the Senior Staff clubs the loan Writer of their DeLorean automobile, so all that is left to do is build a clock tower out of cardboard, get more candy and maybe some t-shirts. An award-winning float was definitely in their future. However, with only two days left before parade day, the dealership backs out of their promise; there is no clock tower; there isn’t even a lab coat for Doc Brown. There is a truck, though, and candy and t-shirts, so the show must go on. “Save the Clock Tower” may still be seen on campus. By the way, there are some who believe that the “Back to the Future” clock tower scenario is the reason for the clock tower part of the Eastern Statesman logo, but that’s another story.

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