Men must be aggressive for what is right if government is to be saved from men who are aggressive for what is wrong.— Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
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Let no man think we can deny civil liberty to others and retain it for ourselves. When zealous agents of the Government arrest suspected "radicals" without warrant, hold them without prompt trial, deny them access to counsel and admission of bail....we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity.
Publicity, discussion, and agitation are necessary to accomplish any work of lasting benefit.
Every nation has its war party. It is not the party of democracy. It is the party of autocracy. It seeks to dominate absolutely.
The principle of free speech is no new doctrine born of the Constitution of the United States. It is a heritage of English-speaking peoples, which has been won by incalculable sacrifice, and which they must preserve so long as they hope to live as free men.
If there is no sufficient reason for war, the war party will make war on one pretext, then invent another.
Before the war is ended, the war party assumes the divine right to denounce and silence all opposition to war as unpatriotic and cowardly.
The will of the people shall be the law of the land
Let no man think we can deny civil liberty to others and retain it for ourselves.
Every nation has its war party... It is commercial, imperialistic, ruthless. It tolerates no opposition.
Wealth has never yet sacrificed itself on the altar of patriotism.
In times of peace, the war party insists on making preparation for war.
As soon as prepared for, it insists on making war.