This is what I think they meant

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” _John Milton, Areopagitica

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Freedom of speech is a wonderful thing.

It is a privilege to have the liberty to choose our words and one that we must never take for granted.

But…

We do not have the liberty to choose other people’s words.

There is a world of difference between saying, “This is what I meant” and saying, “This is what they meant.”

The ONE THING for today:

Feel free to speak for yourself, but never take the liberty to speak for others unless permission has been given.

One of the neat things about living and working in the Dakotas and Montana is the out of the way places you happen upon. Sonja and I happened upon this little house outside of Strasburg, ND one evening on our way back to Bismarck after a week of traveling through the Dakotas. The sun was just setting as we came to the end of a two mile dirt road and saw this old homestead–the childhood home of Lawrence Welk.

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