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Many of you, I know, do not wander the pathways of Facebook. And many others read news at varying levels of attention.

So, please let me call to your attention the words of David Souter, Harvard Commencement speaker. It is worth a read. It is worth repetition. And it will be discussed and considered for a long time to come.

I cannot decide, easily, which of his words to excerpt here...
"Even the First Amendment, then, expressing the value of speech and publication in the terms of a right as paramount as any fundamental right can be, does not quite get to the point of an absolute guarantee. It fails because the Constitution has to be read as a whole, and when it is, other values crop up in potential conflict with an unfettered right to publish, the value of security for the nation and the value of the president’s authority in matters foreign and military. The explicit terms of the Constitution, in other words, can create a conflict of approved values, and the explicit terms of the Constitution do not resolve that conflict when it arises. The guarantee of the right to publish is unconditional in its terms, and in its terms the power of the government to govern is plenary. A choice may have to be made, not because language is vague but because the Constitution embodies the desire of the American people, like most people, to have things both ways. We want order and security, and we want liberty. And we want not only liberty but equality as well. These paired desires of ours can clash, and when they do a court is forced to choose between them, between one constitutional good and another one. The court has to decide which of our approved desires has the better claim, right here, right now, and a court has to do more than read fairly when it makes this kind of choice. And choices like the ones that the justices envisioned in the Papers case make up much of what we call law."

Italics and bolding mine.
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I was on the streets of Nashua, NH, all day and I was thrilled by the energy in the populous for the vote. I was working on "Get Out the Vote" activities, and talked with voters for pretty much all of the top candidates there and staffers for several of them.

The weather was amazing. The turnout was even more amazing. I loved talking with the young people - 16 to 24 - who were from all over the country, canvassing for Clinton, for Obama, for Paul...

One of the more amazing things was having more than 50% of the Republican voters expressing discontent or even anger with the President and with what their party has been doing.

Another was the collegiality among the staffers for the various Democratic candidates. "We are all in this together" was a quote I heard repeatedly, rather than the vitriolic divide I have heard in so many prior primaries.

The results are interesting so far. But the pulse of the people is what excites me about this primary day.
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Good luck, Niki Tsongas!
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"I'm probably one of the four or five best known Americans in the world," Rudi Giuliani told a group of reporters Sept. 19th in London.

Just a bit of hubris, wouldn't you say?

Who would be your top 5?

Since reading this quote, I have seen a bunch of other people's lists and have agreed with most of the serious ones, though not the ones that have Ron Paul on them!
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I am sure that the liberals must be making comments as idiotic as these and I am just not seeing them. But still, these are real winners that explain to me why many Muslims distrust the U.S. government and people.

"I'm for restricting immigration so that we don't have a majority of Muslims elected to the United States House of Representatives."
-- Rep. Virgil Goode of Virginia

"Stability in Iraq ultimately depends on spreading the message of Jesus Christ, the message of peace on earth, good will towards men. Everything depends on everyone learning about the birth of the Savior."
-- Rep. Robin Hayes of North Carolina

What country do these people think they serve? Is it the same one I think I live in?


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