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Politics in Wisconsin as they roll up to every level... and some other thoughts that may cross my mind are explored here from my lefty point of view. My values shape my opinions. You'll always find them in here. Let's have some fun exploring why Liberal values are American values!

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(The watercolor is called Magnolia Tree for Momma, by Audrey Crawford)

Friday, February 17, 2006

A Great Day for Free Speech and Civil Liberties

I received this in an email today although it happened about 2 weeks ago.

You know. Here's a little known secret among Conservatives. Us Liberals are fierce American Patriots!!! Free Speech is still well and alive in even this Adminsitration's version of America...why??? Not because BushCo is protecting it, far from that even they no longer make that case, but because each and everyone of us can and do PRACTICE it on a daily basis.

Freedom and dissent are the enemy of totalitarian rule. Anyone trying to quash your Freedoms is someone to truly fear...

Hope you all enjoy! Rae

Future American lawyers to be proud of: Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveillance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty ballsy and brave.

They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him.

To make matters worse for Gonzales, additional students came into the room, wearing black cowls and carrying a simple banner, written on a sheet.

Fortunately for him, it was a brief speech... followed by a panel discussion that basically ripped his argument in half.

And, as one of the people on the panel said,"When you're a law student, they tell you that if you can't argue the law, argue the facts. They also tell you if you can't argue the facts, argue the law. If you can't argue either, apparently, the solution is to go on a public relations offensive and make it a political issue... to say over and over again "it's lawful", and to think that the American people will somehow come to believe this if we say it often enough. In light of this, I'm proud of the very civil civil disobedience that was shown here today."- David Cole, Georgetown University Law Professor

It was a good day for dissent.

A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back -- but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us.
---Marian Wright Edelman - graduation address, 2000

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