Justice Hugo L. Black Quote

“Compelling a man by law to pay his money to elect candidates or advocate law or doctrines he is against differs only in degree, if at all, from compelling him by law to speak for a candidate, a party, or a cause he is against. The very reason for the First Amendment is to make the people of this country free to think, speak, write and worship as they wish, not as the Government commands.”

~ Justice Hugo L. Black

IAM v. Street, 367 U.S., 1961.

Ratings and Comments


Jamie, Nelson

That in a 2 party state like U.S. makes one think that this idea is not working? Unless all of their voters are of like mind?

cal, lewisville, tx

Strange to hear that from the extreme liberal-socialist he was.

jim k, Austin,Tx

Tell that to our Muslim loving president and his fellow travelers.

E Archer, NYC

Indeed!! cal, the only right the liberal-socialists recognize is the right to free speech (hence their control of the mainstream media) -- but nothing else, no property rights, no rights to arms for defense of self, property, and state, no state rights, no nothing but 'civil' rights which are granted by the state.

Mike, Norwalk

Not here shooting the criminal messenger, the message gets 5 stars for accuracy.

David, Orlando

He left something out. Figure it out. If you can.

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