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While surfing the internet I am sure that many people have come across articles, comments, responses, and statements that read “If You Don’t Like This Country You Can Get Out”. Maybe followed by a “There’s the door”, or “There are plenty of other countries to live in”. Maybe you seen someone say this to someone else, or maybe someone said this to you. Personally, I think this statement is a cop out, if you are participating in any type of argument or debate. It is one of the dumbest ways to try and stop or defuse an argument, it does not really add or take away anything or does anything. Honestly, It sounds a little bit dumb or ignorant, and I don’t really insult people lightly, there is enough hatred in the world. But, yea it is a pretty uninsightful, and a quiet dumb thing to say in a debate.
Often times this statement is used when someone wants to shut people up when they are criticizing the government, expressing an opinion about the country that they disagree with, or other situations.
If your going to enter into an argument or a debate, you need to think critically and expand beyond this. Maybe instead of “If you don’t like this country you can get out”, you could present a counter argument, and explain to them what you think is wrong, Your views, your ideas, and then explain your opinions and ideas, and present a logical argument for your point of view.
Maybe you come across an article or an argument, and you do not have time to argue, but you still want to say something. Just write a comment that is short sweet and to the point, but at the same time adds something to the conversation, or come back later, or do not comment at all.
I am not saying that all people who do this are stupid, but this kind of statement is not insightful, nor does it bring anything, and it can sound kind of sheepish. We are all capable of free thought, and you should exercise it by questioning things, and not just believing what we are told to, otherwise you may end up being herded like sheep by the ones who lead you, and how do you know their not wolves unless you question or even research things and come up with your own thoughts and beliefs, and think for yourself.
There is nothing wrong with going against the government, it does not mean you hate the country, or are unpatriotic. Patriotism comes and many forms, it does not mean you have to like or agree with or even obey your government, you are free to disagree with them if you like, you can still love your country. Your have freedom of expression, use it. Even if it is taken away, never be afraid to express yourself, because while the 1st amendment grants you many rights, it grants you things you can already do. The Bill of Rights was created to protect you from foreign and domestic (for example your government) threats. I am also not saying you have to dislike or disagree with your government….your free to believe why you want, just figure out why you believe what you believe. You don’t have to agree with laws and actions your government makes though, if it goes against your beliefs or you believe in different ways to do something, then you can express that. Things don’t change for the better by inaction.
To me those who fight for their beliefs, or voice their opinions, or fight for things are no different than those who ever changed anything. American Revolutionaries, French Revolutionaries. Those things occurred because people go fed up with the status quo, and gain support, and fought for something they believed in. I’m sure many people told them to “Get out of America”, or “Get out of France”, but, they did not. Why should I leave a place that I love, if I don’t agree with something? Why should I stay and fight against something? why don’t you leave? but, you can stay, your free to voice your opinions and fight for what you want to as well. Yes, one can say the same practices that brought the American and French revolution, also brought in the Nazi’s or the Communist Revolution in Russia. Somethings are bad from the get go, while other things start off good and get corrupted along the way, or things work….everything comes with its positives and negatives, you just gotta know when to fight against something, based on your beliefs……You could also blame the Nazi party rise to power on ignorance of the German people at the time, or desperation during a severly depressed economy.
At, the end of the day you believe what you believe, but there is nothing wrong with fighting for what you believe in, and trying to better the world….all people have their own beliefs, and sometimes you may want to compromise for the sake of humanity, even among like minded individuals. I am not telling you to go with the crowd, but there is no one way that work for anyone, and if we ever want hope for peace then we must find a way to work for our beliefs, and leave things open for others. We have the power in us to make this world a better place, and maybe we never will but, why not try?