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“It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, "We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government." This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”     Ronald Reagan

April 11, 2008

Quote Of The Day

by Doug Mataconis

There’s a reason we have a Bill of Rights:

Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don’t give it any value.– Dean Steacy, Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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  1. Freedom of Speech might be an American value, but Americans don’t particularly value the practice in this era. Americans might engage in the practice unthinkingly when neccessary, however if asked to evaluate its worth or its necessity as part of the American society, most citizens would fail to connect the practice with the vitality of the Constitutional republic. furthermore, if asked, many citizens would agree that Freedom of Speech needs to be curtailed or regulated in certain cases.

    so bottom line, Americans’ declining and oblivious attitudes towards Freedom of Speech is only one aspect of why *our citizens are in fact becoming socialists through and through.* and it’s no wonder that foreigners don’t value our concepts. all they have to do is regard our own attitudes towards the concepts.

    Comment by oilnwater — April 11, 2008 @ 8:43 am
  2. So has anyone else noticed that the phrase “Human Rights Commission” is now almost exactly the same thing as “Ministry of Love” or “Ministry of Truth.” And not just in Canada but also here in the US.
    Oddly, I always thought human rights were something you had vis a vis the state rather than a right to not be offended by someone you’ve never met.

    Comment by Mark — April 11, 2008 @ 9:28 am
  3. [...] (h/t The Liberty Papers) [...]

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  4. [...] (source: Jonathan Kay: “A disaster for Canada’s Human Rights Commission”) (hat tip: The Liberty Papers) [...]

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