Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Quote for the Day

As congressional Republicans ponder new and innovative ways of ostracizing the press into submission (but only because, if you haven't heard, our country is at war), here's the author of our Constitution:

" the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression."

Is Madison treading gently here, in speaking of those "abuses"? Probably. So should we. Give it a rest. We need, and should venerate, a free and independent press. It isn't a luxury or an appurtenance, despite what this administration insinuates. Before the likes of Rep. Duncan Hunter sink their teeth into it, we should remember Madison also said: "It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties."


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