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  •  "I may not agree with what you say but I will (6+ / 0-)

    defend to the death your right to say it."

    This has always been my motto.  It was my motto when I stood in a two year battle over free speech on the internet 16 years ago.

    I have never supported violence against the speakers of speech that I abhor recognizing that this is one of the hallmarks we have here.  A right that others, including many in my husband's country have at one time or another, not had.

    When we decide that violence or advocating violence against a speaker, a judge, a political figure, a president we descend to the chaos that has inflicted Latin America, parts of the Middle East and Africa.

    And we must ask ourselves "is this really the trek we want to be on?"

    BTW I remember where I was and what I was doing the night the news broadcasted that Alan Berg had been murdered.  I never liked Berg, especially for a hit piece he did on my school and an incident that I was a witness of - more than a decade before.

    But while I didn't agree with him, I would defend his right to say it.

    "A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    by Clytemnestra on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 06:00:41 AM PDT

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