"If freedom of speech is taken away,
then dumb and silent we may be led,
like sheep to the slaughter."
George Washington
(1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, 'Father of the Country'
Address to officers of the Army, 15 March 1783
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 -- Brian Gentile, Vernon      
cuz' it rocks
 -- kristen, cushing     
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    We see the youth of our great nation being slaughtered daily in their lack of education and growing dependency upon self gratification and mindless games. We now have a generation of children raised by the TV sitcoms which are raising children as if what Hollywood displays as reality it true. If ever there was a case to study on "the blind leading the blind", we are in that society now.
     -- dornth, AZ     
    Yes, this is exactly what is happening to our society today and yet we are dumb and silent, so, unless we fight to regain out freedom, we to like sheep we will be led to the slaughter.
     -- RobertSRQ     
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    If the First Amendment doesn't work...maybe the Second Amendment will?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The McCain-Feingold-Cochran Campaign Reform Bill. The next will be the fairness doctrine. Any attempt to control lobbyists (that is you if you try to get your thoughts to a representative), or the public airwaves, or any other public expression of your opinion is in violation of the constitution. They have gotten away with it once and we have put up with it. We can't let it happen again and we need to demand a correction on what has already been done. The McCain-Feingold-Cochran Campaign Reform Bill was done to make it harder to get rid of incumbents and has served to make finance of campaigns even dirtier. The fairness doctrine will serve to reduce the information you can get about politicians that is not filtered through liberals
     -- warren, olathe     
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    The fair and balanced diddly of Fox in its relentless pursuit of neocon dogma (attempting to silence constitutional principles); along with all the other forth branch of government's (media) efforts, government's educational system, politically correct dumbing down and all else as leads to the silence of freedom with no speech available to explain liberty or freedom, it appears as though the sheep are headed to the slaughter.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    At least George got one right today
     -- Jack, Green, OH     
    If we can't trust the press, then speak out. The Internet is the best hope for a free press we have ever seen in recorded history! Who knows what its impact will be? I, for one, am very hopeful.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Remember when Nixon tried to lead the "Silent Majority" to its' slaughter. Mike as far as Fox goes, I make it a point not to listen to someone who keeps patting themselves on the back and telling me how "fair and balanced" they are. I mean really should not the public make that decision for themselves. It is like the IRS telling you they are here to help you.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
     -- Bill J Spence, Piperton(Memphis), TN      
    Now that this pesky freedom of speech nonsense has been nearly done away with, let's start working on those unacceptable thoughts people are thinking. Just remember, don't take the sheep to the slaughterhouse until after we've sheared them.........signed, John McCain.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
     -- Ethan, Clinton      
    I am the new generation that has grown up in a dysfunctional society and I feel that I am dumb and blind. I do not want to be the generation that is lead to the slaughter. I do not want to be the sheep. I hope that Americans can gain their respect and intelligence back before anything gets worse.
     -- Jasmine D., UT     
     -- fgfgfgfg, thrf      
    Waffler, Why does this present administration want FOX off the air? Why don't they confront them in the light of day?Why is everything so hidden? Why the lies? Why did they want FOX out of the loop? Why did Time Magazine leave the tea-party gatherings out of their 'pictures that made news of the year'? Silence and ridicule, old far left strategy. And who likes anybody patting themselves on the back? I don't.The fact is there is so much stuff that is on FOX that no other station even tries to put out. And the other stations, or people these stations support, are constantly, constantly, constantly invited to argue their cases on FOX. I watch other stations as well, and I never see the same invitations, or more accurately, it,s Extremely rare and with no hard debate. That's why five times the people watch FOX. I never did until I gave it a chance. No station is totally 'fair and balanced', but FOX is the most open to debate. This, has to be, at least, acknowledged. People want to know what's happening. Why the silence and avoidance when the openness to debate is so clearly present? Every station does it's own marketing. Give FOX a month, and then compare. You are for free speech, -for all-, right? Back up those five stars you give George. every station does it's own marketing
     -- Rick, Erie     
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