Mulling It Over with Bob Houghtaling
Each week Bob interviews guests who delve into a myriad of substance abuse, mental health and social justice concerns. Visit Mulling It Over to hear some provocative discussions that will hopefully provide an impetus for change and better understanding.
It's Only Words by Bob Houghtaling
America is a work in progress. As an idea, it is beautiful. Concepts like democracy, a free press, fair courts, and the ability to vote are things that other nations admire. In fact, people often dream to come here. With all of this said, the country is still operated by human beings and sometimes the direction they lead us raises a few eyebrows. Such a time is now. The impetus? Could it be that for all of the communication devices we’ve created mankind now faces a crisis of truth, fact-finding and tolerance?
In the 1970’s comedian George Carlin pushed the envelope by creating a controversial skit entitled “The Seven Words You Can’t Say On TV”. This skit would eventually become the basis of a Supreme Court ruling. While most likely lost in a pile of paperwork, both the case and skit are relevant today. Many years later, the United States is being confronted with issues pertaining to speech. The Free Press is being excoriated. Terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts” abound and many people are choosing to get their “news” from blog sites. Words are once again on trial.
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