George Washington on Free Speech (for his political enemies!) (He is addressing his officers near the end of the Revolutionary War, and defending the free speech of an ungrateful Congress.) "...if Men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind; reason is of no use to us—the freedom of Speech may be taken away—and, dumb & silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter."
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