Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Quote(s) of the Day

"If there is a bedrock principle of the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable."
-Justice William Brennan - Texas v. Johnson (1989)

(If only we could apply the concept espoused by Justice Brennan above to Open Carry.)

And for those ignorant folks I've run across lately who continue to claim that the Constitution "grants" rights.

"The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to “create” rights. Rather they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting."
-Justice William Brennan (1982)


detroitccw said...

Great post! I find it repulsive when some people I talk to leave me with the impression that government's role is to tell us what we can do and what we can't do. That is not their role. The government's job is to do what we tell them to do. Of course, when you talk "like that" people want to label you as a trouble-maker. Personally, I prefer the term patriot.

Anonymous said...

It's just the beginning (or is it the end?):

Mike W. said...

Glad to have you commenting over here Miscreant.