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What would happen if  citizens give up on protecting their rights? Here’s a glimpse of an answer political philosopher Robert A. Dahl wrote in his On Democracy (2000, Yale University Press) reflecting on the moment Thomas Jefferson ended the Alien and Sedition Act in the late 1800s in support of the Right to Free Speech:

If and when many citizens fail to understand that democracy requires certain fundamental rights, or fail to support the political, administrative, and judicial institutions that protect those rights, then their democracy is in danger.

In this good year 2008, let’s boot out of office everyone who  has shown they lean more heavily toward authoritarianism than toward  protecting our rights.  Bye Republicans — you’re time to destroy our democracy will soon end.

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I sent this letter to the editor via e-mail to the Washington Post in response to an AP story that ran nationwide in March 2007 about the day an extremely prejudiced constitutional amendment passed by South Carolina voters in 2006 officially went into effect.

Dear Editor,

I am outraged by the intolerance toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans (GLBT) Americans expressed by the voters in seven states last November. As these constitutional amendments “officially” take effect –like South Carolina’s did on March 22 — all Americans will feel the constraint on the freedom to choose with whom we enter lifelong relationships. (more…)

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