Wow

Sometimes I worry about the future of America. Really, I do.

I’m around young people all day and I often get the sense that they just don’t care about what’s going on around them. Their willingness to blindly accept whatever they see on television or read on a website is frightening. I thought teenagers were supposed to reject the ideas of previous generations and blaze a new path.

Thankfully, I came across a story on Boing Boing that reaffirmed my faith in the youth of America, at least a few of them. It seems that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gave a speech to law students at Georgetown University. During the speech, he attempted to justify President Bush’s domestic surveillance program.

During the speech, these future lawyers stood and turned their backs to the Attorney General in protest. Other students came in to the room wearing black cowls and carrying a sign with paraphrase of a quote by Benjamin Franklin:

Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

For all of the details, check out Future American Lawyers to be Proud Of or any major news site, like CNN. This picture sums it up pretty well:

Georgetown Student Protest

I hope to see more like this in the future.

3 thoughts on “Wow

  1. Geoff George

    I take back half of the mean things that I have said about lawyers. That is freedom of speech/expression at it’s best.

  2. Frances

    Here’s the whole quote: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin, 1759

    Doesn’t fit quite so well on a bedsheet, but they didn’t cut the parts too much.

    http://cruisermom.blogspot.com

  3. Neil

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    Neil

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