DON'T SIGN PETITIONS
"Now listen to this one. This malicious
propaganda has gone so far that on the Fourth of July, over in Madison, Wisconsin, people were afraid to say they believed in the
Declaration of Independence. A hundred and twelve people were asked to sign a
petition that contained nothing except quotations from the Declaration of
Independence and the Bill of Rights. One hundred and eleven of these people
refused to sign that paper--many of them because they were afraid that it was
some kind of subversive document and that they would lose their jobs or be
called Communists. Can you imagine finding 111 people in the capital of Wisconsin that didn't know what the Declaration of Independence
and Bill of Rights provided? I can't imagine it...."
Source: President Harry Truman, in a speech
at Detroit's 250th anniversary celebration, as quoted
in the New York Times on July 29, 1951.
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