Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year's Eve!

As we say goodbye to 2010 and look forward to 2011, let us remember that freedom requires vigilance to maintain - and that it is far easier to defend against an invasion of an enemy force than it is to defend against the encroachment of our liberties by our government and elected representatives.

"Coercion by government, the main fear of our founding fathers, is now its most common attribute." ~ Philip K. Howard

"Civil libertarians must often remind government officials (and others) that if the First Amendment only protected the expression of popular and agreeable ideas, it would be totally unnecessary since those ideas would never be threatened by our democratic form of government. Our society's commitment to free speech is tested when we encounter the expression of ideas that are disagreeable -- or even offensive." ~ Timothy Lynch

1 comment:

Tim Higgins said...

When I hear comment on this subject, I always remember the line from the 1995 Rob Reiner movie, An American President.

Michael Douglas (as President Andrew Shepherd) says:

"It's gonna say You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours."

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