George Washington on Freedom of Speech

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
George Washington

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
Patrick Henry

“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” George Washington

Justice Brandeis suggested the First Amendment was intended to make it possible for all of us to: ‘to think as we please and speak as we think.’”
http://www.law.duke.edu/news/story?id=2785&u=11 (the freedom of speech doctrine covers freedom of expression. You cannot have one without the other)

First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

No Law: Intellectual Property in the Image of an Absolute First Amendment
http://www.law.duke.edu/news/story?id=2785&u=11

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