"Those who try to stifle the vibrancy of our democracy and shield policies from scrutiny behind a false cloak of patriotism miss the real value of what our troops defend and how we best defend our troops. We will ask questions and we will defend our democracy."
-US Senator John F. Kerry
"Restriction on free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us."
-Thurgood Marshall, former Supreme Court Justice
"I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime."
"There is a reason terrorists hate us, and it's not our religion or our surplus of freedoms. It is that we continually bomb and economically rape countries poorer than us -- bully them into submission. And, if that doesn't work, it's obviously 'cause we haven't bombed them enough, so we bomb them some more."
-fruity1983 (on the web)
"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."
"And that the said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms."
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."
-John F. Kennedy
"Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains."
"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
"When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don't deal drugs. When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I'm innocent. When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don't own a gun. Now they've come for the first amendment, and I can't say anything at all."