When someone offers an opinion, they are essentially “putting in their two-cents”.
If someone wants to know what you think, they might say “a penny for your thoughts”.
These idiomatic expressions both suggest that the value of an opinion isn’t worth much monetarily. I believe that the value is even less if that opinion is offered by the news media and/or the panel of “experts” that they love to assemble.
I prefer to define the word “opinion” using this analogy: When one seeks an opinion, they are usually looking for an accomplice. In other words, they really don’t care what you think, they just want you to agree with their position so they’ll feel better.
Is two-cents too high a price to pay for free speech? Of course not, but two-cents is two-cents more than I would ever be willing to pay to sit for 5 minutes and endure the constant barrage of opinions being offered by the media.
Everyone seems to have an opinion…and a motive. Maybe if we closed our mouths, opened our ears and turned off the TV, we might just…who knows? But that’s just my two-cents.
Here are a few thoughts from a gentleman speaking to George Strait in the movie “Pure Country”. It’s short and he is right on point.