Stuff you just want to share

Actually, so far, it’s stuff I want to share, since no one else has posted yet. Go ahead, share stuff.

I just wanted to share an essay I just read. I’ve spent the last week or so perusing the web trying to learn more about our Founding Fathers and what the heck it was they really felt and believed when they drafted the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. You know, the stuff they never taught in school.

Anyway, the subject of this essay seems to be near and dear to the hearts of most of the Dopers; ie, Freedom of Speech. I found it to be quite thought provoking and enjoyable. I hope you agree, and are inspired to print any essays, etc., that you want to share.

I don’t think I’m violating any copyright laws by reprinting it–who would hold the copyright on a 300 year old document?

The New-England Courant, June 25, 1722

Silence Dogood, No. 8

To the Author of the New-England Courant.

I prefer the following Abstract from the London Journal to any Thing of my own, and therefore shall present it to your Readers this week without any further Preface.

'Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or controul the Right of another: And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only Bounds it ought to know.

'This sacred Privilege is so essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech; a Thing terrible to Publick Traytors.

'This Secret was so well known to the Court of King Charles the First, that his wicked Ministry procured a Proclamation, to forbid the People to talk of Parliaments, which those Traytors had laid aside. To assert the undoubted Right of the Subject, and defend his Majesty’s legal Prerogative, was called Disaffection, and punished as Sedition. Nay, People were forbid to talk of Religion in their Families: For the Priests had combined with the Ministers to cook up Tyranny, and suppress Truth and the Law, while the late King James, when Duke of York, went avowedly to Mass, Men were fined, imprisoned and undone, for saying he was a Papist: And that King Charles the Second might live more securely a Papist, there was an Act of Parliament made, declaring it Treason to say that he was one.

'That Men ought to speak well of their Governours is true, while their Governours deserve to be well spoken of; but to do publick Mischief, without hearing of it, is only the Prerogative and Felicity of Tyranny: A free People will be shewing that they are so, by their Freedom of Speech.

'The Administration of Government, is nothing else but the Attendance of the Trustees of the People upon the Interest and Affairs of the People: And as it is the Part and Business of the People, for whose Sake alone all publick Matters are, or ought to be transacted, to see whether they be well or ill transacted; so it is the Interest, and ought to be the Ambition, of all honest Magistrates, to have their Deeds openly examined, and publickly scann’d: Only the wicked Governours of Men dread what is said of them; Audivit Tiberius probra queis lacerabitur, atque perculsus est. The publick Censure was true, else he had not felt it bitter.

'Freedom of Speech is ever the Symptom, as well as the Effect of a good Government. In old Rome, all was left to the Judgment and Pleasure of the People, who examined the publick Proceedings with such Discretion, & censured those who administred them with such Equity and Mildness, that in the space of Three Hundred Years, not five publick Ministers suffered unjustly. Indeed whenever the Commons proceeded to Violence, the great Ones had been the Agressors.

'GUILT only dreads Liberty of Speech, which drags it out of its lurking Holes, and exposes its Deformity and Horrour to Day-light. Horatius, Valerius, Cincinnatus, and other vertuous and undesigning Magistrates of the Roman Commonwealth, had nothing to fear from Liberty of Speech. Their virtuous Administration, the more it was examin’d, the more it brightned and gain’d by Enquiry. When Valerius in particular, was accused upon some slight grounds of affecting the Diadem; he, who was the first Minister of Rome_, does not accuse the People for examining his Conduct, but approved his Innocence in a Speech to them; and gave such Satisfaction to them, and gained such Popularity to himself, that they gave him a new Name; inde cognomen factum Publicolae est; to denote that he was their Favourite and their Friend - Latae deinde leges – Ante omnes de provocatione ADVERSUS MAGISTRATUS AD POPULUM, Livii, lib. 2. Cap. 8.

'But Things afterwards took another Turn. Rome, with the Loss of its Liberty, lost also its Freedom of Speech; then Mens Words began to be feared and watched; and then first began the poysonous Race of Informers, banished indeed under the righteous Administration of Titus, Narva, Trajan, Aurelius, &c. but encouraged and enriched under the vile Ministry of Sejanus, Tigillinus, Pallas, and Cleander: Queri libet, quod in secreta nostra non inquirant principes, nisi quos Odimus, says Pliny to Trajan.

'The best Princes have ever encouraged and promoted Freedom of Speech; they know that upright Measures would defend themselves, and that all upright Men would defend them. Tacitus, speaking of the Reign of some of the Princes above-mention’d, says with Extasy, Rara Temporum felicitate, ubi sentire quae velis, & quae sentias dicere licet: A blessed Time when you might think what you would, and speak what you thought.

‘I doubt not but old Spencer and his Son, who were the Chief Ministers and Betrayers of Edward the Second, would have been very glad to have stopped the Mouths of all the honest Men in England. They dreaded to be called Traytors, because they were Traytors. And I dare say, Queen Elizabeth’s Walsingham, who deserved no Reproaches, feared none. Misrepresentation of publick Measures is easily overthrown, by representing publick Measures truly; when they are honest, they ought to be publickly known, that they may be publickly commended; but if they are knavish or pernicious, they ought to be publickly exposed, in order to be publickly detested.’
Yours, &c.,
(Benjamin Franklin)

I have some old cookies in my cupboard i’d like to share

<g> If I hadn’t just bought some cookies last night, I’d take you up on it. Do you want one of my fresh cookies? They’re Chunky Chips Ahoy :slight_smile: (Better take one before Joel eats them all :wink: :p)

Boy, they don’t write em like that anymore.

Finagle: AMEN!

Did anyone else hear the national anthem in the background while they read that, or just me? That was killer!
As for stuff I’d like to share:

The last eight months has been the happiest time of my life. The last three, more incredible than I could have ever imagined. I still can’t believe I met the woman who loves me and fulfills me in every way that one can be, especially the fulfillment I get from loving her back. I have learned concepts from this woman that are deeper and more sincere than I ever knew they could be, trust, faith, hope and adoration. I want to shout it out across the rooftops and into the streets and here over the internet as loud as I can because I am so happy and proud to love and be loved by psycat, my Bella. I love you baby.

OK, in order to reduce the number of bricks thrown at me, I’m going to cut this short, but hey, you said, “Stuff you want to share.” :wink:

Well there is something I’ve wanted to share for about 2 months. I am a published author :). It’s not much, but I wrote a birding location profile for my home town and it’s in the book “A Bird Finding Guide to Canada” by J Cam. Finley.

Oh yeah, I must be an author at heart. The editor butchered my fine prose and came up with…dullness.

I just found out today that I’ve got an audition next Saturday for a movie being filmed here in Philly. I’m so psyched~!

Today is my baby’s 21st birthday.

That does it. I am officially old.
sniff, blow, sniff

MY friend has returned from 3 months in Ocean City, Maryland. We are planning to go out for a huge session tonight and end up in Copper Face Jacks chatting up nurses.

I like canned pineapple.

My neighborhood is having a block party on Sunday and that night at least 5 families are going to camp out in our front yards with all the kids under the Colorado sky. I live in a great place. It’s like The Sandlot.


Foor- ehv- ur.

Foooorr- ehhhhvvv- vvuur.

I think one of my cats is sick, and I am gonna take him to
work with he tonight.

Someone I most certainly did not want to start reading this board HAS started reading this board, and is digging up all my old posts.

I am taking my cat to work with ME tonight.

I ate too much at lunch and I have felt like a fat bloated pig all afternoon.

Wendy Peffercorn

I found a lump in my armpit about the size of a peanut M&M.

(Mmmm…peanut M&Ms…)

uhhh…Silver Fire…??? That’s not good. (ubless it WAS a peanut M&M)

Egads, I am having trouble typing today.

That, and I made some spicy steak for lunch and now my mouth is burning.