Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quote of the Day........

"All ideas having even the slightest 

redeeming social importance --

unorthodox ideas, controversial ideas, 

even ideas hateful to the

prevailing climate of opinion, 

have the full protection of the

guarantees [of the First Amendment]."

-- Justice William J. Brennan
(1906-1997) U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Source: Roth v. United States, 1957

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"Since when do you have to agree with people

to defend them from injustice?"

-- Lillian Hellman
(1905-1984) American playwright and memoirist

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"You seem ... to consider the judges as 

the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; 

a very dangerous doctrine indeed, 

and one which would place us under 

the despotism of an oligarchy... 

The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal."

-- Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, 
drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President.