"We cannot choose freedom established on a hierarchy of degrees of freedom, on a caste system of equality like military rank. We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it; our freedom must be buttressed by a homogeny equally and unchallengeably free, no matter what color they are, so that all the other inimical forces everywhere--systems political or religious or racial or national--will not just respect us because we practice freedom, they will fear us because we do.
" -William Faulkner - 1956 "On Fear: The South in Labor"
I thought that was an appropriate quote of the day, particularly on the heels of my last post. "We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." Ain't that the truth?
Monday, March 28, 2011
Quote of the day - practice freedom
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And just as all freedoms are dependent upon all people being able to practice them, so too are they dependent upon all freedoms being available to practice.
If it is considered acceptable to abridge one, they all are up for grabs.
Amen to that.
The Bill of Rights is not a buffet menu. You can't pick & choose, no matter how much you want to.
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