There is nothing more American than free speech.James Madison
introduced his version of what free speech
was to be, including what it was to mean to the press, to the House of Representatives on June 8, 1789.
"The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable."
We have no grudge against Ms. Howell personally, despite her inability to see our righteous outrage for her own ego.
When the citizenry have been assaulted time and again, when it becomes too much, we lash out. Ms. Howell felt "drawn and quartered at high noon in the public square," but what she failed to see was this wasn't even about her. That she didn't understand is why we fight.
This is about America. The type of country we intend to fight for it to be.
We welcome all people, of whatever political persuasion and none.
But we will not abide untruths, no matter how unintended. We will not stand silent when the powerful won't claim error. We will speak out and be heard, because that is our right as Americans, it is our duty as citizens.
With Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin whispering in our ears, we take on this charge. In the 21st century, we are the Paul Reveres who will see it preserved.
God bless this great nation and the citizenry who fights to make it so.