Neo Nazis and Harmonious Society

This morning I was watching “Nazi America” on History Channel. After several great laughs at those members’ speeches on the screen, I eventually came to the conclusion that I don’t want to live in those small towns in Idaho. 

But on a second note, I agree with one of the commentators who said we cannot just crack down on them merely because those people congregate and spread hate speech, because that would make us as intolerant as them. Come to think of it, it is really amazing that these people can wave the flag of this country’s archenemy fifty years ago without worrying about a total crack down. (Of course, it’s a totally different story if they harm or kill non whites.) 

The current Chinese president has given China a new task: to build a harmonious society. Funny thing is when I first heard that word, the first image in my brain is somehow the whole population of China sits down and starts to meditate. Nothing can be more harmonious than that! But anyway, I believe that China is within reach of that goal already: you don’t see protests on the street; you don’t see T-shirts making fun of the president; you don’t hear fighting voices from different media; you don’t see outrageous bumper stickers; you don’t hear people say the government is ridiculous when the troops ordered victims not to go back to their flooded houses; you don’t see TV shows with a guy addressing to the “nation” and making fun of everything he can possibly think of. The Chinese people are working hard all for a common goal (actually I have no idea what that common goal is. Maybe… free ice cream for all?); all the intelligent students are patriotic no matter where they are and they all 100% stand for the great nation (plus their speeches are 100% correct). Seriously, the gold medal for harmony is within reach for China, except that it has to beat its powerful opponent: North Korea. 

But really? When you have to deny all 77 applications for protest, and put 2 old ladies in their late seventies into some “re-education through labor” camp just because they filed the very same applications following the procedures set up by the government, and when you reduce some tragedy happened 19 years ago into only one sentence in high school history book, you really have achieved harmony? 

The commentator in “Nazi America” said this country is great because of diversity not in spite of it. Let me change that a little bit. I think this country is great because of all the noise Americans can make not in spite of it. I truly believe that the US Constitution is THE greatest invention in the human history. The First Amendment alone contains so much magic beyond one can possibly imagine. Americans should feel lucky that Neo Nazis can make their voices instead of being suppressed. Otherwise, today it’s their voice to be silenced; who knows it won’t be your turn tomorrow? 

In the end, I would rather live in a place with plenty of noises than in a true silent state. Silence does drive sane people crazy.


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