Although this is my second post in this genre, it was really my first act of rebellion against Facebook’s 420-character status limitation — coincidentally, on Independence Day (although, come to think of it, this is an act of submission, isn’t it?) 417 characters:
235 years ago, to give themselves a republic and the right, on paper at least, to a list of freedoms including speech, some rebels signed a document that could get them all hanged. When you speak your mind fearing reproach as little as they feared for their lives, you honor them and the sacrifices of the fighters and free speakers who came before you. You, and not the one who tries to shut you up, are the patriot.