Thursday, December 10, 2009

Free speech has been hard won

We read:
"December 7, 1941 — Pearl Harbor — has since ‘lived in infamy.’ But December 7 had been infamous in America before. In 1683, Algernon Sydney, one of American colonists’ primary inspirations and sources of insight into political liberty, was executed for treason on that date, after a trial blatantly violating his rights (violations so egregious that Parliament overturned Sydney’s conviction in 1689), for opposing England’s King Charles II as overstepping his powers. The key evidence was nothing more than a private, unpublished manuscript arguing that the king was not above the law, which later was published as Discourses Concerning Government.”



Anonymous said...

Tens-of-millions would agrue that we seem to have another "King" of sorts in the White House. (or so he believes) Or perhaps, "god" would be a more appropriate term. It's time.

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Thomas Jefferson

Anonymous said...

And what a wonderful tree on which to hang the b*stard.

Anonymous said...

History will show that the end of American democracy and capitalism was not accomplished by dedicated Marxists simply taking control of the government. It was accomplished by America's weak-minded and gullible voters who allowed it to happen.

"when they awake, they will find their world gone, and they will weep"