"Freedom is hammered out on the anvil
of discussion, dissent and debate."
Hubert H. Humphrey
(1911-1978) US Vice-President, US Senator (D-MN)
Speech, Syracuse University, 6 June 1965
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They way it ought to work. Unfortunately all we get is rhetoric, opponent bashing, and biased pundits and sound bites. I would love to see more meaningful, respectful, analytical, and thoughtful debate backed up by facts. I won't hold my breath though. The main strategy seems to silence, marginalize, and vilify dissent.
 -- Anonymous     
    In context, its a good sound bite
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Too bad today's politicians (and most of the public) do not seem to understand this...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Read Al Gore's new book, The Assault on Reason as a modern treatise on why the collective's ability to think rationally and contribute intelligently to a participatory democracy is at terminal risk.
     -- EGL, LA     
    Watch Al Gore's schlockumentary "Inconvenient Truth" to see an assault on reason.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    ... but Freedom is eventually defended by force. If we don't have the power to live free, our freedom will eventually be taken from us -- no matter whether we 'win' any debates or not -- we have to fight to keep our freedom as well as to get it back.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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