I’ve said this for years and people have laughed…or rolled their eyes. They probably still do, but I truly believe one day it will be illegal to own a copy of the U.S. Constitution. At the rate our government is throwing Americans under the bus and shitting on our Constitution, it won’t be long before having access to these ideas in any form will probably be illegal, too. So I’m spending time I should be using for homework to download everything the Cato Institute is offering on this page. The National Defense Authorization Act went into effect today. I saw a tweet in my feed that opined, “It’s not that the government will break down the doors of the journalists, but that they can.” Ironically enough, today I learned about another gem of a bill aimed at our Constitutionally protected right to free speech. You can read the full text here, if you’re so inclined.
From the wiki page:
As the American Revolution grew, the snake began to see more use as a symbol of the colonies. In 1774, Paul Revere added it to the title of his paper, the Massachusetts Spy, as a snake joined to fight a British dragon. In December 1775, Benjamin Franklin published an essay in the Pennsylvania Journal under the pseudonym American Guesser in which he suggested that the rattlesnake was a good symbol for the American spirit:
“I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shewn and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?”