A quote illustrating the power of the 1st Amendment

Not sure why today I decided to take the bait, but here goes.

There is no one quote I can think of off the top of my head that illustrates the power of the First Amendment, but there are many to chose from made by those who desperately fought Health Care Reform in this country. Each of these lies propagated by those of influence on the political right illustrate the power and importance of the First Amendment. A power best articulated in a quote from American President, a movie written by Aaron Sorkin:

Everybody knows American isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating, at the top of his lungs, that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free, then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest." Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.

Update: I know this entry in the #1amend contest isn't eligible for a number of reasons, but I couldn't resist.

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