Sunday, February 21, 2010

Quote for the Week

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

Theodore Roosevelt


Did it MY way said...

I believe that was when we had FREE Speech.

See Ya

greg tag said...

Oddly enough, those on the left, who make great noise purporting to support "Free Speech" typically only want free speech for those views they support and for those speakers with whom they agree.

This is a worldview, not an isolated event. Recently, as he attempted to speak, the Israeli ambassador was shouted down by campus leftists; David Horowitz is often prevented from speaking on a campus. The issue is here not the speech, but the content. The left wants to censor speech with which they disagree.

The attitude is authoritarian- pure "Alinsky-ist". Oddly enough, it is also Leninist. Coincidence? I do not think so.