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  • Writer's pictureTony Vieira

Cold Feet about the First Amendment…

Updated: May 17, 2021

Those who, out of fear, would willingly throw away the right to free speech, our birthright as Americans and the foundation of democratic government, would do well to pay heed to Justice Marshall’s words –

“History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. The World War II Relocation-camp cases, and the Red Scare and McCarthy-era internal subversion cases, are only the most extreme reminders that when we allow fundamental freedoms to be sacrificed in the name of real or perceived exigency, we invariably come to regret it.”

–Justice Thurgood Marshall’s dissenting opinion in Skinner v. Railway Labor

This is not only what has happened in our country but it is the history of nations. The fear mongerers are at it…right now. Both on the left and the right.

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