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September 09, 2003

The right to criticize

Margaret Chase Smith Library - Library

“Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism –

“The right to criticize;

“The right to hold unpopular beliefs;

“The right to protest;

“The right of independent thought.

“The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood nor should he be in danger of losing his reputation or livelihood merely because he happens to know some one who holds unpopular beliefs. Who of us doesn’t? Otherwise none of us could call our souls our own. Otherwise thought control would have set in.”

Just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago, perhaps even more so.

Posted by Eric at September 9, 2003 03:19 PM | TrackBack
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Typo: 
“…character assassinations are all to frequently those… “ should be,
“…character assassinations are all too* frequently those … “

It’s the right sentiment, though. I still get goosebumps reading the Preamble to the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights.

Posted by: Peter on October 5, 2003 08:24 AM | Reply to this

Whoops, forgot to put the quotation marks at the beginning and end of the block quote. Thanks for the pointer. I am tempted to repost this especially with recent, apparently politically motivated, events. I try to avoid direct national political discussions here though…

Posted by: eric on October 5, 2003 11:27 AM | Reply to this