Posts Tagged ‘Constitution’

Quote of the day, Sept. 17

September 17, 2014

Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

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Quote of the day, Oct. 23

October 23, 2013

Benjamin Franklin, on freedom of speech (1737)

“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 28

August 28, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Aug. 28, 1963)

“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land, and so we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. (more…)

Quote of the day, June 21

June 21, 2013

Kurt Vonnegut, on freedom and education

“All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. (more…)

Quote of the day, March 1

March 1, 2013

Preamble to the U.S. Constitution (1787)

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Quote of the day, November 20

November 20, 2012

President Barack Obama, on freedom, at Yangon University in Myanmar (2012)

“First, we believe in the right of free expression so that the voices of ordinary people can be heard, and governments reflect their will — the people’s will.  (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 12

November 12, 2011

Samuel Adams, on freedom

“And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press,  or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 13

December 13, 2010

Oliver Wendell Holmes, on free thought

“If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 16

November 16, 2010

Gene Policinski, director of the First Amendment Center

“A great harm is being done to a generation of young adults by withholding the full access of their constitutional rights while in high school, then expecting them to be full participants in a democratic society when they are older.”

 

Quote of the day, Oct. 17

October 17, 2010

Kara Reed of Tonganoxie, Kan. in response to the Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court Case

“Westboro Baptist Church’s actions are disgusting and hateful. It’s totally reprehensible that they torture families during an already difficult time. (more…)