Monday, May 16, 2016

Defend to the Death

 va declaration of rights

When I was young, there was a very famous and much articulated saying, to wit: “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!” Everyone—or at least everyone who was rational, moral and decently educated—knew that this was the creed of a free society in general and “America” in particular. Admittedly, at times during even our history, this sentiment was more observed in the breach than in principle. Political correctness is not a new invention! But, on the whole, Americans have admitted to and acknowledged the right of unpopular views to be openly expressed especially in the Public Square. In fact, that sentiment is articulated in the first of the ten amendments to the United States Constitution that became known as the “Bill of Rights.”


  1. I like that painting.

    What's the name of it and/or the artist?

    I want to Google it and see if there's a high resolution version I can download to the slide show folder on my hard drive.

    That's what I do with many of the pictures you post.

    You've obviously got a really good artistic eye for the finer things in life, reflective on your classical educational background in a Virginia military academy.

    1. Thanks and here's the largest I found:

      and here's the background on the painting:

    2. Thank you very much, Brock!

      I'll definitely share this moment in history with others, who like myself, are ignorant of its significance.