If influential people can be intimidated into staying quiet about the national weaknesses they see in the USA, how can we identify the improvements we need to make as a country? The whole reason our founding fathers added the first amendment to the US Constitution is so that the powerful could not stifle dissent against the government. Now with social media, we Americans are stifling our own dissent by demonizing people who speak out as unpatriotic. It’s much easier to hide our collective heads in the sand than it is to face our weaknesses.