"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

We shall see what we shall see

I  can't help watching Toronto's Mayoralty contest.  Were it a work of fiction, the characters and plot would simply not be credible. The  real political backdrop is also compelling  but never referenced by the  media.

Old stuff can be  easily dismissed with a  disdainful sniff.

To-night  in the news ,in the Nanos poll, Old Toronto's  support  for John Tory  is overwhelming. Which should surpise no-one.

As I listened  I wondered about the depth of political acumen reflected ink the poll.

The new City of Toronto is an amalgam. It is not an amorphous blob.

When John Tory speaks of being the man to bring Council together,it's hard to imagine he is not
aware how difficult that will be and wonder if he has the skills  or the connections to make that happen.

In the last election ,Rob Ford of Etobicoke  was elected Mayor, Doug Holyday,former Mayor of Etobicoke as Deputy Mayor, and Doug Ford  brother of Rob re-elected as Councillor.

There was no coincidence.

Old Toronto got it's comeuppance from the Boroughs  wisped out with boundaries but not in spirit.

 It was a long time coming.

Former boroughs rallied in support of their own. The Mayor is elected at large. I assume the Deputy Mayor is as well.

In this election, Rob Ford although a candidate for the office of Mayor, has been  virtually conspicuous in his absence.

The shocking news of his health crisis has compelled a change in media tone.

Doug Ford devastated by the tragic news of his brother's health is a last minute candidate for the office  of 'Mayor  understandably with a halting  campaign start.

Despite all that's  happened that shouldn't and not happened that should, despite John Tory literally
being the only one in the race since January, Torontonians are less than  captivated.

The Ford's traditioanal  support will sustain him. If the tide breaks,it will carry him forwrad  in an almighty surge.

Loyalty will prevail. Who can disrespect a brother's love?There is no subtlety Biut the Ford's. They are large as life and twice as real.

Olivia Chow's vote will  hold fast.  She is,as she says, small but mighty and a. Aliant champion but the city does not lean left.

The race is between Ford and Tory.

Tory is not a dark horse. As he has stated he has been  involved in the  city's affairs for many years.

He failed once  against Rob Ford to win the Mayoralty. He was a definite choice.

He won the leadership of  Provincial Conservatives  but lost a safe seat vacated for his benefit.

He is twice loser  with significant resources behind him.

Whatever it takes and I won't  try to put my finger on it, I don't think John Tory has it.

We shall see

Monday, 22 September 2014

Round and Round We Go

Rogers is providing candidates ten minutes free time to make a presentation. It' a generous offer but requires preparation.

Sport Aurora requires a two page "synopsis "  of a platform related to sport, and  land  acquisition  and the Master Plan for Recreation.

A lively exchange  needs to be moderated on the blog.

And an environmentalist employed by a small charitable group with.a mission to protect Lake Simcoe wants a written promise I will not accept donations from developers and unions.
First the request was by e-mail with a questionnai, then a follow-up phone call on Saturday.

The request, I was told, derived from sound research that proves municipal decisions  are controlled by such donations.

Readers may recall that fellow McDermid ,a professor at York University  who was invited to Aurora Council by the former Mayor. You know how the former Mayor always managed to  find people to say things she wanted  to be said but didn't want to be the one to say them.

He presented as a delegate. Claimed to have researched the issue. Turned out his research amounted to a computer search of  Councillors Financial statements from the previous election. He had  checked the Town of Ajax but not Aurora .

He appeared later  on Cable T.V.  with Jamie Young,former Mayor of East Gwillimbury then we
never heard from him again.

His  was the research referred to by the  environmentalist seeking a promise in writing I would never accept donations from  the obvious enemies of the environment.

My financial  statements published as required by law were apparently not sufficient re-assurance for anyone who might be interested.

While I was on the phone, I asked why the organization seeking the promise in writing, was not making an issue of York Region's  plans to divert Aurora and Newmarket wastewater from York /Durham trunk sewer to Lake Ontario   to a trunk sewer  to be constructed north from Aurora with a treatment plant on  the edge of Lake Simcoe compelling  urbanisation of  all rural areas between  this town and Lake Simcoe

The question  was a clear irritant. The organization is small and only has one employee and I have made my concerns know to the Minister of the Environment, my caller informed me.

I didn't ask where funds came from to pay her salary. Were they from the Region or the Ministry.

It was Saturday afternoon. I've no doubtt she believed  her priorities are  straight.

Even less doubt the promise will easily be extricated from all other candidates who are just as unlikely to receive a  voluntary donation from developers or unions.

The Argument Fails

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "October 5th ,Sunday at 2p.m. At the Town Hall ,,Ce...":

So we complain when a member of council does some that is illegal, immoral or other wise bad. But, we do not want to subject those potential members the check by police? We ask volunteers for coaches, scout troops, etc. to submit to a police check.

What's worng with asking a potential officer of a multi-million dollar corporation to have a police check to see if they have any criminal convictions. To the anal-retentive, we are not looking for traffic infractions.,

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 22 September 2014 08:55


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Writing a post calls for  organising a reasoned argument.

The comment above calls for review.

Coaches and scout leaders are in charge of our children. Police checks to ensure they are not convicted pederasts have not always been required.

Only since it became terribly apparent  and impossible to deny , they are essential.

I do not understand why men are more likely offenders than women. Or why police checks for priests and members of lesser orders are not required . But the difference between judgement exercised in
management of financial resources and care and protection of helpless,vulnerable children must surely be obvious.

Furthermore , a police check giving clearance for conviction is no guarantee an elected official or several constituting a majority, will  not abuse authority and trust to  perpetrate a plan for the purpose of damaging and removing another from elected office or any other reprehensible act not authorised under the Municipal Act.

It will not prevent  an insurance pay-out  of $845,000 to defend them from the consequences of their malice.

Under the best of circumstances ,service  in elected office is fraught with potential for public repudiation .

Betrayal  of trust is by far the greatest offence.

Politics is a harsh taskmaster.

Few who value privacy and reputation are inclined to participate.

Requirement of a police check  and its purpose of weeding out potential criminals is hardly
conducive to those who do,  to join a circle of potential, thieves,vagabonds, pirates,ne'er do- wells and pathological liars.

There is no conviction under the law for being a throughly unpleasant individual .

No certification for common sense  or good judgement.

There can be nothing more than the decision of the electorate in the options provided.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

October 5th ,Sunday at 2p.m. At the Town Hall ,,Celebration of our Freedom.

Sunday Oct.5th at 2p.m.an All Candidates Meeting will be held at Aurora Town Hall.

Organized by Aurora Library staff it represents the community as a whole. It has been conducted this way for many years.

I know very few candidates. As a participant, I will be focussing on my own campaign.

People will tell candidates what they expect.

"Don't be telling me why I shouldn't vote for the other fellow. Tell me what I need to know about you"

I don't want the blog used that way. I hear the Scuttlebutt.  It adds nothing to the process.

Wednesday's meeting produced a couple of surprises by way of questions from the floor.

John Gallo referred to his children and stated family needs are a priority.

It was an odd thing to say. There are family sacrifices when one commits to serve.

A question from the floor suggested he had missed meetings because he puts his
family first. He stoutly defended his position.
The weird thing is ..he didn't miss any more meetings than anyone else. Once his daughter broke her collarbone and another  time was school graduation.
The second answer that brought my chin to the floor was when both candidates said they supported police checks for candidates before
What experience led  them to believe the elective process would be improved by police involvement.

The Police Act of Ontario prohibits political involvement by members of the force.

Toronto's Police Chief 's contract  has not been renewed.

He ordered helicopter surveillance on the City's Mayor. And  produced a video showing the Mayor in the posture of peeing behind a tree and putting four empty liquor bottles in a plastic bag into a garbage receptacle.

Toronto's police department is thousands strong.

They have power over people's lives. They carry weapons that kill.

Without  the community's respect, they are powerless to maintain law and order.

Without their respect for the rights and dignity of the individual, our rights are worth nothing.

Why would candidates for the position of Chief Magistrate in a town like Aurora be willing to surrender the right to be a candidates for elected office without first being  investigated by tpolice?

It is never going to happen.

That the question was asked and answered as it was, is concern enough.





















Saturday, 20 September 2014

You were asking

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Anything can happen in politics":

Perhaps someone will ask why team baseball has been banned from the Town Park as " disruptive ". The world does not spin on more soccer fields

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 20 September 2014 17:03


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I have  heard about  baseball being banned in the town park. And told it is not so. I  do know in minor hockey ithe association  is responsible for scheduling who plays where and when .

I have heard soccer  and minor hockey are not members of  Sport  Aurora. We hear the number of organizations.. Never hear who they are. 

Aurora sports have representation on the parks and recreation committee.

Unless a problem is  brought to Council's attention, I don't think it's my job to be poking my nose in where it's not needed.

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It would certainly not be  wise  for the M.P. to endorse a candidate. There is potential to lose  more support than gained.

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Hard copies of candidates two page "synopsis" of plans for sport and recreation facilities are to be distributed to attendees at the candidates meeting.

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There's some crazy stuff going on  in the a campaign trail. I don't want to  be dragged into that.

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If we  terminated the  culture contract, took over Church Street School,operated the facility awith user fees,we could  reduce taxes by  3 points in the mill rate. That's close to a million dollars reduction in the tax bill.

If we stopped using external lawyers and consultants to tell us what to decided  and made our own decisions, , we could  save another point in the mill rate.

If we charged user fees to everybody who uses facilities,we might not earn more but at least we would be treating everyone equally.

Last year we provided a budget if $197,000. to  celebrate the town's sesquicentennial.

 As far a s I can tell, it was the Mayor's idea.

The committee did everything with $100,000. Including a time capsule.

There's $97,000. left.

We now have a plan  to spend another $10,000 for a war memorial DVD if  the Legion or Queen's York Rangers are interested in such a project.

Turns out, according to Councillor Humfreys,  Queen's York Rangers are in the process of planning
an anniversary celebration of their own.  $10,000. will undoubtedly come in very handy to finance their plans.

We are planning to put what's a left  of the Sesquicentennial budget which was twice as much as it needed to be, back where it came from....Council's Discretionary Fund.

The fund derives from Hydro Reserve interest.

In the 2014 budget, in order to be less dependent ,the draw from interest that helped to reduce taxes ,
was reduced.
Now we're looking for ways to spend it.

Go Figure...

















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Anything can happen in politics

In this election, it seems every day presents something new.

Normally candidates  put their heads down and get on with the  campaigns. Usually involving personal contact with as many voters as possible. Generally meaning door knocking and handing out leaflets. It's a daunting task.

A Mayoralty contest can include mighty whacks at each other depending  on personalities. Or cunning schemes with external forces designed to manipulate the outcome.

All is fair in love and war.

Before I go further I want to say I think Chris Emmanuel is a loss to Newmarket Council and residents of his ward. He made the right decision in not asking voters to overlook a serious error in
judgement but still it's unfortunate his years of experience and commitment  are lost to the community.

Anyone can fall short in personal judgement. Not everyone demonstrates the best interests of the community at heart.

The Mayoralty contest in Toronto has been a lifeless affair without Rob Ford. There's still  time for Doug to infuse life into it but he can't do it without an element of sadness. and grief.

We shall see the measure of a  man

Twenty- eight candidates for  Aurora Council is an unwieldy number.It breaks the record and
produces a few other weird but not wonderful effects  as well

All Candidates are invited to a meeting organized by Sport  Aurora.

Instructions for participation have been forwarded.

Sounds rather more like a session of  the mediaeval Grand Inquisition .

Candidates  are requested  to submit a two page  "synopsis" of their campaign platform as it relates to sports and parks and recreation programs  by Oct 3rd . In time for it to be published and circulated in hard copy  to twenty-seven sports organization members of  Sport Aurora?

The  format does not allow candidates to speak unless spoken to.

A question addressed to a specific candidate will be responded by two candidates opposed to the answer.

Panel questions will be  interrupted by questions from the floor.

When questions are exhausted or 9p.m. arrives, candidates will be allowed to mingle with the audience  and "invited" media.

Sport Aurora's address is Aurora Town Hall. It helps with applications for grants from Trillium. A recent grant of $75,000. was obtained.

The magazine is regularly published with a healthy financial balance of commercial  advertising.

There are no premises. No rent or taxes to pay. Nature  of  the organization  appears to be neither fish
nor  fowl nor good red herring.Intent to influence the outcome of the election is  more than clear.

But there's  nothing wrong with that. I will go and I will write a two page "synopsis"

I will share it on the blog.

Friday, 19 September 2014

That Scottish Vote Mattered

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Six of one and half a dozen of the other":

I don't know where the idea came from to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote on the referendum. Remembering myself and my friends at that age, we just thought we were mature.

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 19 September 2014 09:57


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The idea undoubtedly came from  Alec Salmond leader of the  government and the yes vote. 

Petitions for Home Rule have been circulating  in Scotland forever. I signed every one I  saw.

Maybe the reason for the  phenomenal turn-out was because the adults knew how  kids would vote so they had to get out and vote to stop it from passing. 

But that may be  too easy an explanation. Scots don't take anything lightly.The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Since Tony Blair gave  a measure of self government  things have improved for people. There's no reason to believe that won't continue.

If  the  English are less satisfied as a result and demand better from their  government that can only be a good thing.

Right.


Six of one and half a dozen of the other

I am a long time separated from Scottish politics. I imagine anyone who took the trouble to register intended to vote. So 84.6% turn out was not extraordinary.

If I have to give an opinion, or even if I don't, I think the vote was obviously for certainty.

Scots are essentially practical.It would be like trying to remove salt from water. I've no doubt every Scot believes they could manage their own affairs better. But they also recognize U.K. government services and finances are inextricably intertwined.

The  referendum was like asking people  to buy a pig in a poke.

Would I  have to have a Scottish passport to come and go freely as I do now?

Would I be a foreigner in London where I lived for eleven years,my husband was native and my oldest sons were born?

Would I pick up extra citizenship or lose one?

There may be more Scots and children of Scots  with U.K. status living in different parts of the aodld.
Would they have lost that if Scotland separated.

Maybe I should have had a vote.

My heart would have said yes . The practical would have said no.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

People ask for very little

If a candidate  listens  to people during a campaign, there is much to learn

We have read about a  resident who plans to put a sign on his door to deter candidates
from making a connection.

Time and time again I've  heard of a decision  to vote for a candidate because "he was the only one who knocked on my door and asked for my vote"

A  comment  made a couple of days ago about a candidate not being a taxpayer started a discussion.

The immediate  response was ...." So "

It evolved, as it often does to an accusation that  I  have attacked Councillor Pirri  for the same reason.

Councillor Pirri and I have agreed and disagreed during the term.It  haas made no never mind to either of us.

If I  ever made a point the Councillor's inclination to support an extravagance I opposed  because he
wouldn't be paying for it, would that be a low blow or would it simply be a strike against a weakness in his argument.

People  18 years and over have the right to vote and be candidates. If  successful, is it a dirty trick to remind them  of their unique  circumstance  if the occasion arises or  is it a risk they  must be aware of  and take when they decide to make a bid for office.

The voters make the decision to elect.

If Councillor Pirri  or his parents were multi-millionaire, and a person living on a fixed income hurled the charge that he spends more having the hair on his pointy head cut than his parents pay in property
taxes, is  that a relevant point in a debate.

Again, the people will decide.

I think it might be especially  in the heat of the moment when passion arises.

Or is passion  also a no-no.

Some would  argue council meetings should be apolitical. All present should adhere to  calm deliberate, dignified, demeanour, conscious of sensitivities and stupefyingly  dull.

A pox on that.

A rhinoceros hide is not a necessity for participation in politics. But it's not the place for the
easily offended.

Aurora's politics have always been robust. I take personal responsibility for upholding tradition.

The advent of  social media  has  expanded the opportunity outwards.
Simpering  politician  have a hard time coping.

They become whiney and quarrelsome.

I was at the Mayoralty Debate  last night.

Several candidates  introduced themselves to me.
One was the twenty-year old.
He is a pleasant young man ,looking older than his years, wearing a three piece suit ,intent on making a good impression.  He did.

These things also matter.

There are as many reasons for a person to vote as there are persons who vote.

In the last election, John Abel was extremely friendly. Last  night he walked past without acknowledging  my presence.

Politics is about respecting people and their differences.

Things go on in people's lives a candidate knows nothing about.

Often a voter  just needs a reason to hope.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wrong impression

I didn't do all that work to produce those quotes.  They were not sent to me as a comment. I didn't know if the sender woukd want his  name attached. So I didn't.

But I didn't intend to create the impression the work was mine.

Sorry about that.

In Politics Pesky Little Details Matter

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "You were asking":

08:25, I recalled that it came up earlier in the term when Cllr Buck had a go at Cllr Pirri over it. It apparently mattered  then

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 17 September 2014 11:05

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When George Timpson was a member of Council, he  lived at home. 

He made a point of paying the taxes on his parents property . He made sure people were aware .

It mattered then.

Chris Emmanuel lived at home with his parents when he was elected. He moved afterwards .

It mattered then 

Councillor Betty Pedersen married and moved to Newmarket and although she still owned property in Aurora,, she did not run again  for Council

Councillor Pedersen had built a reputation and was held in high regard.

Lots of things are legal. But in politics they matter.

Words to live by


Quotes About Free Speech
Quotes tagged as "free-speech" (showing 1-30 of 67)
Søren Kierkegaard
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

Salman Rushdie
“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
― Salman Rushdie

G.K. Chesterton
“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”
― G.K. Chesterton

Kurt Vonnegut
“All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!”
― Kurt Vonnegut

Winston Churchill
“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”
― Winston Churchill

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
― Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Stephen Fry
“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

[I saw hate in a graveyard -- Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5 June 2005]”


Richard Pryor
“You can't talk about fucking in America, people say you're dirty. But if you talk about killing somebody, that's cool.”
― Richard Pryor


Daniel Patrick Moynihan
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
― Daniel Patrick Moynihan


George Bernard Shaw
“All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.”
― George Bernard ShawMrs. Warren's Profession

Christopher Hitchens
“The struggle for a free intelligence has always been a struggle between the ironic and the literal mind.”
― Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens
“When the Washington Post telephoned me at home on Valentine's Day 1989 to ask my opinion about the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwah, I felt at once that here was something that completely committed me. It was, if I can phrase it like this, a matter of everything I hated versus everything I loved. In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying, and intimidation. In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual, and the defense of free expression. Plus, of course, friendship—though I like to think that my reaction would have been the same if I hadn't known Salman at all. To re-state the premise of the argument again: the theocratic head of a foreign despotism offers money in his own name in order to suborn the murder of a civilian citizen of another country, for the offense of writing a work of fiction. No more root-and-branch challenge to the values of the Enlightenment (on the bicentennial of the fall of the Bastille) or to the First Amendment to the Constitution, could be imagined. President George H.W. Bush, when asked to comment, could only say grudgingly that, as far as he could see, no American interests were involved…”
― Christopher HitchensHitch-22: A Memoir

Vera Nazarian
“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists.

Don’t let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and diminishes the song.”
― Vera NazarianThe Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Abbie Hoffman
“Free speech means the right to shout 'theatre' in a crowded fire.”
― Abbie Hoffman

William Lloyd Garrison
“I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.”
― William Lloyd Garrison


Daniel Gilbert
“We live in a world in which people are censured, demoted, imprisoned, beheaded, simply because they have opened their mouths, flapped their lips, and vibrated some air. Yes, those vibrations can make us feel sad or stupid or alienated. Tough shit. That's the price of admission to the marketplace of ideas. Hateful, blasphemous, prejudiced, vulgar, rude, or ignorant remarks are the music of a free society, and the relentless patter of idiots is how we know we're in one. When all the words in our public conversation are fair, good, and true, it's time to make a run for the fence.”
― Daniel Gilbert

Napoleon
“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets..”
― Napoleon

“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”
― Hubert H. Humphrey

Northrop Frye
“Nobody is capable of of free speech unless he knows how to use language, and such knowledge is not a gift: it has to learned and worked at. [p.93]”
― Northrop FryeThe Educated Imagination

Vera Nazarian
“Yawns are not the only infectious things out there besides germs.

Giggles can spread from person to person.

So can blushing.

But maybe the most powerful infectious thing is the act of speaking the truth.”
― Vera Nazarian

Thomas L. Friedman
“When widely followed public figures feel free to say anything, without any fact-checking, it becomes impossible for a democracy to think intelligently about big issues.”
― Thomas L. Friedman

Earl Warren
“The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.”
― Earl Warren

Robert G. Ingersoll
“Some Christian lawyers—some eminent and stupid judges—have said and still say, that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of all law.

Nothing could be more absurd. Long before these commandments were given there were codes of laws in India and Egypt—laws against murder, perjury, larceny, adultery and fraud. Such laws are as old as human society; as old as the love of life; as old as industry; as the idea of prosperity; as old as human love.

All of the Ten Commandments that are good were old; all that were new are foolish. If Jehovah had been civilized he would have left out the commandment about keeping the Sabbath, and in its place would have said: 'Thou shalt not enslave thy fellow-men.' He would have omitted the one about swearing, and said: 'The man shall have but one wife, and the woman but one husband.' He would have left out the one about graven images, and in its stead would have said: 'Thou shalt not wage wars of extermination, and thou shalt not unsheathe the sword except in self-defence.'

If Jehovah had been civilized, how much grander the Ten Commandments would have been.

All that we call progress—the enfranchisement of man, of labor, the substitution of imprisonment for death, of fine for imprisonment, the destruction of polygamy, the establishing of free speech, of the rights of conscience; in short, all that has tended to the development and civilization of man; all the results of investigation, observation, experience and free thought; all that man has accomplished for the benefit of man since the close of the Dark Ages—has been done in spite of the Old Testament.”
― Robert G. IngersollAbout The Holy Bible

William O. Douglas
“The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty."

[Beauharnais v.Illinois, 342 U.S. 250, 287 (1952) (dissenting)]”
― William O. Douglas

Peggy Noonan
“I should say here, because some in Washington like to dream up ways to control the Internet, that we don't need to 'control' free speech, we need to control ourselves.”
― Peggy NoonanPatriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now


“The true test of liberty is the right to test it, the right to question it, the right to speak to my neighbors, to grab them by the shoulders and look into their eyes and ask, “Are we free?” I have thought that if we are free, the answer cannot hurt us. And if we are not free, must we not hear the answer?”
― Gerry SpenceGive Me Liberty: Freeing Ourselves in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Jefferson
“The only security of all is in a free press.”
― Thomas Jefferson

John Updike
“[I]n my own case at least I feel my professional need for freedom of speech and expression prejudices me toward a government whose constitution guarantees it.”
― John Updike


“When society gives censors wide and vague powers they never confine themselves to deserving targets. They are not snipers, but machine-gunners. Allow them to fire at will, and they will hit anything that moves.”
― Nick CohenYou Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom