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Gingrich Attacks Freedom of Speech

By Remy Benoit

Tonight we see the 172nd Stryker Brigade come home and try to settle in, to adjust to not being in a combat zone.

The Return At long last, the soldiers of the 172nd Stryker Brigade are coming home. Now for the culture shock.

They, like countless brigades before them, went to "Preserve, Protect, and Defend," as well as to spread, the ways of democracy.

They went to protect with more blood, what so much blood has been spilled to defend - Our Constitution and its Bill of Rights.

And yet, Mr. Gingrich thinks he knows better about how we should protect our freedom - by curtailing Freedom of Speech. Sorry, Mr. Gingrich, that is a non sequitur and we are not buying into it.

Freedom is freedom; it is not a little bit of freedom, or some panel, somewhere, deciding how much of it we can have.

To the 172nd Stryker, WELCOME HOME. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

To Mr. Gingrich, back to Civics 101 and then to Edward Tick's War and the Soul. to learn the price of FREEDOM and how dearly we hold it.

From MSNBC and Keith Olbermann Gingrich wants to restrict freedom of speech?
Legal expert looks at constitutionality of former House Speaker's comments.

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The American public should be outraged that a United States politician is advocating the curtailment of our freedom of speech! How will the average American ever be heard? This government is supposed to be "by the people, for the people" and I for one am not willing to relinquish my voice to some control-freak politican! How dare they sit in the Oval Office (or anywhere else) and take my rights away "for my own good." With every freedom there is the chance it will be used for a purpose that isn't noble and good. Should we be afraid of that? Absolutely not! Give the American people a little credit for having the common sense to recognize and discard those things that aren't in keeping with our ideals. If we allow these kind of scare tactics to change the very structure of our Constitution, this country's example of democracy won't look much different from a dictatorship.

Posted by: Janet Kieninger, at 2006-12-01 23:20:55


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