Speak Truth to Power?

I have
sworn upon the altar of God, eternal
against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

~ Thomas

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.

~ United
States Constitution, First

The above-quoted
words reflect sentiments so essential to a condition of liberty
that they are at the forefront of the history of American political
thought. Jefferson’s quotation as well as the first of the listings
in the so-called Bill of Rights, represent a theme carried over
from the Revolutionary War period: minds should be

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