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Would-Be Next President Wants "Re-examination" of Free Speech

Manchester (NH) Union Leader: Gingrich raises alarm at event honoring those who stand up for freedom of speech. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich yesterday said the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism.

Gingrich is voicing what all too many Americans believe, that free speech is for themselves but not for others deemed sufficiently dangerous. There are limits — such as falsely shouting “Fire” in a crowded theater — but Gingrich’s remedy goes much further.

Free speech is the foundation of self-government. This ambitious politician’s willingness to curb it is frightening.

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