Fourth of July, 2013

Fourth of July, 2013

Benjamin Franklin, infamous traitor to the Kingdom of Great Britain for exposing the government’s wrongdoings (and declaring independence, too), says:

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, ca. 1785, work is in the public domain, Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BenFranklinDuplessis.jpg
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, ca. 1785, work is in the public domain, Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BenFranklinDuplessis.jpg

“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.” – Benjamin Franklin, “On Freedom of Speech and the Press”, Pennsylvania Gazette, 17 November 1737.

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, 1775, as in  Memoirs of the life and writings of Benjamin Franklin (1818)

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