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Thomas Jefferson on Freedom of the Press

August 29, 2020

To quote Thomas Jefferson:

“I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another: for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.”

Compare these words to those of a later president, two centuries on, who disparages the free press as “fake news” and “truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”* and panders to evangelical Christians in hopes of securing a few more votes.

Would that we had something at least coming close to that wisdom coming from the White House today.

*Donald J. Trump, April 5, 2019 tweet

2 Comments leave one →
  1. camincha benvenutto permalink
    August 29, 2020 5:26 pm

    Enjoyed reading this. Will probably read it again. Thank you. Camincha


  2. August 29, 2020 5:28 pm

    Thanks Camincha.

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