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Thought For the Day: No Danger Flowing From Speech Can Be Deemed Clear and Present Unless the Incidence of the Evil Apprehended Is So Imminent That It May Befall Before There Is An Opportunity For Full Discussion

 “No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is an opportunity for full discussion. Only an emergency can justify repression.” – … Continue reading

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First Principles: If the Freedom of Speech Is Taken Away Then Dumb and Silent We May Be Led, Like Sheep, To Slaughter

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to slaughter.” – George Washington

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Thought For the Day: Create Now A Political Court To Echo the Ideas of the Executive and You Have Created A Weapon…That Can Cut Down Those Guarantees of Liberty…and Extinguish Your Right of Liberty, of Speech, of Thought, of Action and of Religion

“Create now a political court to echo the ideas of the executive and you have created a weapon . . . that can cut down those guarantees of liberty written into your great documents by the blood of your forefathers … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: I Have Often Regretted My Speech, Never My Silence

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.” – Publilius Syrus (though often mistakenly attributed to Xenocrates or that that other great mind, “Anonymous”

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“Whoever Would Overthrow the Liberty of A Nation Must Begin By Subduing the Freeness of Speech” – Benjamin Franklin

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The Lateness of the Hour

Returning back to a promised project that was set down for a time and based in part on The Twilight Zone, Season 2, Episode 8: The Lateness of the Hour by Michael Doyle In a labyrinth of the mind’s imprecision We … Continue reading

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First Principles: Liberty of Conscience In All Just Things Makes It Impossible That Government Will Degenerate Into Tyranny

“Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the … Continue reading

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First Principles: Speak Seldom, On Point and With Expertise

“Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject.” —George Washington (1787)        

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Thought For the Day: Restriction of Free Speech and Thought Is Dangerous Subversion

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” –  Justice William O. Douglas, The One Un-American Act, Speech to the Author’s Guild Council … Continue reading

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First Principles: What Makes for Great Speech

“I should consider the speeches of Livy, Sallust, and Tacitus, as preeminent specimens of logic, taste and that sententious brevity which, using not a word to spare, leaves not a moment for inattention to the hearer. Amplification is the vice … Continue reading

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