Cling to this

Hat tip to plover for finding this fairly amazing little snippet from out the dim and dusty past:

The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare ware and they are screened at once from scrutiny….In war, then, as in peace, assert the freedom of speech and of the press. Cling to this as the bulwark of all our rights and privileges.

William Ellery Channing (1780 – 1842)

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