Justice William J. BrennanJustice William J. Brennan, (1906-1997) U. S. Supreme Court Justice

Justice William J. Brennan Quote

“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”

Justice William J. BrennanJustice William J. Brennan
~ Justice William J. Brennan


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Mary - MI
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    Mary - MI    8/5/13

    There is no authority for the government to decide what speech is deemed "Politically Correct."

    Mike, Norwalk

    Mary, well said.

    Mann, Kalamazoo

    Despite being correct in their respective observations, as Justice Brennan and Mary MI indeed are, in today's America neither "bedrock principle" nor lawful "authority" has anything to do, at all, with active government practice prohibiting proscribed communication. 'Free Speech Zones' and a decade of naked, nonstop 9/11 TRUTH suppression are but two of the more glaring examples of this fact. As hard as it may be to accept, modern reality renders Brennan's take into mere platitude, Mary MI's to wishful thinking. We're way past the point, I hope, of placing our faith in either platitude or wishful thinking, let alone accepting them as our personal view of the way things are. The truth is very different - and much more difficult to deal with.


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