"To suppress minority thinking and minority expression would tend to freeze society and prevent progress… Now more than ever, we must keep in the forefront of our minds the fact that whenever we take away the liberties of those we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love."
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Wendell L. Willkie
(1892-1944) Republican presidential candidate, 1940
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This explains the difference between a democracy and a republic. In a democracy the 51% or more feel they have the total right to force their way on the 49% or less.
 -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    Yes Cal but the 51% and 49% are not static. In an honesty society people are slipping in and out of the majority and minority all of the time on different issues. Those who say there is no difference in policy, views, etc between political parites are just not into nuance or are just to shallow to listien.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    It might also demonstrate the new "security policies" in the US. In order for us to feel more secure, we have DHS road block/check points - wide open search and seizure - financial surveillance - internet and telephone surveillance. I don't think we'll be completely "secure" until we're gagged and handcuffed. And interestingly enough, the Annonted One has just apponted a couple of devout Muslims to the upper echelons of the DHS. I feel more secure everyday, don't you?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Like trying to shut out Fox News from the press corps or impose heavy regulation and fees for broadcasters that speak against Obama/Pelosi/Reid. Man, democrats have really lost their way -- if they don't defend free speech (the primary method for introducing socialism into every aspect of life) then they have moved from Liberalism to Totalitarianism. This crowd is the most blatant usurpers in recent history -- I do not think we can wait for the next election, we must hang these thieves as soon as possible.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Yep!
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Gads, what a bunch of far right Republican diatribe. You guy should go out to lunch together, you have so much in common. Yep. Your control of this space does push out other unlike opinions. A bunch of name calling bulls, if you ask me. Good thing you are at the far end of the conveyor belt and will fall off the planet before too long.
     -- Juggs, AnyWhere     
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    Juggs, the thought policeman, is on patrol.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Good to have you back Juggs. You got these guys number real time. The one guy above criticizes gov for being wide open by appointing Muslims, which is a practical example of American freedom of religion and then this Archer guy complaining about the lack of free speech by being less than happy with the worst journalistic enterprize in America. Fox is not by any standard a news orgainization anymore than Rush is, they are organizations (fifth column movements if you will) that are trying to form and influence news not report it. They have their rights to do what they do but we have are rights to be discerning and critical listeners, sadly most of these guys are neither discerning or critical. (PS: Archer was discerning once the other day concerning a quote but that is few and very far between.). Stay on board Juggs we really need you, man!
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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