“Wenn uns die Redefreiheit genommen wird, dann können wir stumm und still wie Schafe zum Schlachten geführt werden.”
George Washington (1732 – 1799), erster Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika.
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
From George Washington to Officers of the Army, 15 March 1783
(…) With respect to the advice given by the Author—to suspect the Man, who shall recommend moderate measures and longer forbearance—I spurn it—as every Man, who regards that liberty, & reveres that Justice for which we contend, undoubtedly must—for if Men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, that can invite the consideration of Mankind; reason is of no use to us—the freedom of Speech may be taken away—and, dumb & silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter. (…)