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November 25, 2009 - Steve Murch
I have the Freedom Forum's daily calendar sitting next to my computer. It has a First Amendment quote of the day.
"Freedom from something is not enough. It should also be freedom for something. Freedom is not safety but opportunity." -Zechariah Chaffee First Amendment scholar, 1948
I like the First Amendment calendar because it has some interesting quotes that you would think were spoken today, but wind up being from 50-60-70 years ago or more. They still hold true today.
The thing with the First Amendment is that everyone believes in freedom of speech -- when it relates to them. They don't like it when it isn't something they agree with. That is part of our problem right now.
We've become so polarized in this country and don't want to hear what the other side has to say. We stand around and talk all we want, but complain when someone says something to the contrary.
It's time to open our ears as often as we open our mouths.
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