This nation and its people would be a better place but for one thing, that every individual has a right to their opinion. This is an insidious belief that is as pervasive as it is detrimental.
It is the right of the individual, as given and protected by government, to have an opinion. It is not the right to an opinion. There is a very fundamental difference between the two.
The prior, the right to have an opinion, is the simple idea that the individual shall not be forced into any one idea nor belief. That the individual has the freedom to pursue their own opinion. That last is very important, "...the freedom to pursue their own opinion.".
What is more commonly seen, however, are individuals that have their own opinions but failed to pursue them. Their opinions are rarely grounded in fact but in what they want to be true or what they're afraid is true. The common defense when questioned is usually something along the lines of, "This is America and I have a right to my opinion!".
As if the very fact of their holding an opinion is all the justification required for its existence.
It is not.