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January 04, 2006

A Rhetorician Worthy Of Thomas Jefferson Himself

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JERSEY:

Boy, you couldn't ask for more comments reflecting such an "objective" look at David Letterman and his show.

...

Letterman has a right to his opinion, just as we do, but attacking him because he disagrees with the war in Iraq, President Bush's policies, or empathizes with Cindy has become so outlandish, it borders on being un-American.

Unless of course you don't belive in free speech.

DAVE:

"Free speech is quite overrated." -- Thomas Jefferson

JERSEY:

Dave in Texas,

When and where did Jefferson ever say that speech is overrated?

DAVE:

"Free speech is overrated, but not overtly so". --
Thomas Jefferson, delivering a campaign speech in July 1799 in Weehauken NJ

JERSEY:

Dave in Texas,

I find no evidence Jefferson ever said any such thing.

...

Sorry, but even with your change in tone, to: "Free speech is overrated, but not overtly so," I still find no such quote.

Methinks you're full of it, but I could be wrong, it's not out of the question.

DAVE:

I don't think you're really trying very hard. Did you look up Weehauken? I may have spelled it wrong.

See what I'm saying? Jersey can't even go into Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (available on-line, of course) to find a few choice Thomas Jefferson quotes that virtually every schoolboy knows.


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