Posted by: didyouseethis | August 8, 2009

Free Speech 1722/2009

I heard the President make these remarks the other day….

I don’t think he was talking about Congressman Barney Frank who opposed regulating Freddy Mac and Fannie May.  I don’t even think he was talking about any Republicans that are opposed to his policies.  (Although I think it’s a safe bet he wants them to shut up.)   I think he was talking about the people showing up at town hall meetings and are getting in the faces of their elected representatives.  As Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina said to Democrats as they headed back to their home districts…

“If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard,”

Didn’t the President promise to listen to the concerns of the citizens?  Shouldn’t that include representatives elected by the people?

I’m reading a biography of Benjamin Franklin and came across this quote…mind you this was written in 1726 when he was 16 years old.

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom, and no such thing as public liberty  without freedom of speech, which is the right of every man as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know.

This sacred privilege is so essential to free governments that the security of property and the freedom of speech always go together; and in those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything else his own.

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech…

The administration of government is nothing else but the attendance of the trustees of the people upon the interest and affairs of the people; and as it is the part and business of the people, for whose sake alone all public matters are, or ought to be, transacted, to see whether they be well or ill transacted, so it is in the interest and ought to be the ambition of all honest magistrates to have their deeds openly examined and publicly scanned.  Only the wicked governors of men dread what is said of them.

And, yes, Mr. President…we know you won…you are the President…of ALL the people…even those whose talking…disagrees with you.


(I sure hope no one turns me into the Thought Police Fishy Email Czar Internet Snitch Brigade whoever keeps track of the folks who disagree.)



  1. All good, BUT I am surprised you haven’t turned yourSELF in to the “fishy” line yet. 😉

    Many others have. Did you lose the address? It is:

    Always happy to help out a ‘fishy’

  2. Political Correctness is loss of freedom of speech, IMO & now we aren’t supposed to even speak unless we agree with the ‘gummint’. The reason there is hollering & screeching at the Town Hall meetings is because noone will listen otherwise.

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