"May it not be asked of every intelligent friend to the liberties of his country, whether the power exercised in such an act as this ought not to produce great and universal alarm? Whether a rigid execution of such an act, in time past, would not have repressed that information and communication among the people which is indispensable to the just exercise of their electoral rights? And whether such an act, if made perpetual, and enforced with rigor, would not, in time to come, either destroy our free system of government, or prepare a convulsion that might prove equally fatal to it? "
by:
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source:
Jan 1800, regarding the Sedition Act of 1798, Report on the Virginia Resolutions
http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/amendI_speechs24.html
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The Sedition Act was allowed to expire in 1800.

Moot point today.
 -- anonymous     
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     -- Ron, Or      
    The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land has extended the despotic / unconstitutional alien and sedition acts to new Orwellian free speech zones. The now god masters merely allege (for the time being) the ability to dictate the time, place, and manner of inalienable rights.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    200 years later, America has still not learned its lesson. Moot point my behind. The Patriot Act, NDAA, NSA spying, reporters being intimidated, citizens arrested for 'eavesdropping' on police in public, the mainstream media complicit in propaganda and cover-ups, mayors turning sodas into contraband, criminalizing law-abiding citizens for what they 'could' do. The ones guilty of Sedition are sitting in Washington DC.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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