“Can America Become Tyrannical?”

I love these street interviews that WeAreChange.org puts together.  They really provide some insight into average Americans’ awareness and attentiveness to the substantive goings on around us.

“Do Americans Think We Face Tyranny?” – YouTube (WeAreChange.org)


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  1. #1 by Nuna on November 4, 2014 - 7:13 AM

    Anyone can be made to look like a fool.

    • #2 by An Observer on November 4, 2014 - 7:52 PM

      Yes, especially when they supply much of the foolishness themselves.

  2. #3 by Nuna on November 5, 2014 - 10:00 PM

    On the whole I enjoy the insight of most of your blogs. I can tell you are a highly educated person, and very opinionated. This one however, unlike your others, is not informative. It is simply mean spirited. Judging from your response I think you misunderstood my comment. All I’m saying is that when we are customarily annoyed by what we see as the failings of others, we are judging them by a ludicrous standard: we are assuming that they fully understand our desires, quite possibly better than we do, and that they have nothing better to do but arrange things to fall seamlessly into place around our probably ill-communicated wishes. Part of kindness therefore involves a more realistic appraisal of our impact upon other people, and being aware of our tendency to cast them into cameo roles in the fascinating epic of our own lives. This in turn reminds us of the elusively obvious fact that those we meet are already leading lives as complicated as our own; that people vary rarely act or talk in a way that to them seems stupid, cruel, or unjustified, and that therefore in arguments with anyone other than the most painfully slow-witted we would benefit far more from understanding and incorporating the viewpoint we find so inconceivable than being outraged at its unreasonableness. Each of us is leading a difficult life, and when we meet people we are seeing only a tiny part of the thinnest veneer of their complex, troubled existences. To practice anything other than kindness towards them, to treat them in any way save generously, is to quietly deny them their dignity. Food for thought.

    • #4 by An Observer on November 8, 2014 - 11:54 AM

      I am sorry you did not find this particular post informative or apparently otherwise beneficial. Better luck next time I suppose.

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