A Crucial Pillar

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Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government:
When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free
society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.

–Benjamin Franklin,
U.S. Founding Father

No Purpose?

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THERE are a number of us creep
Into this world to eat and sleep,
And know no reason why they’re born
But merely to consume the corn,
Devour the cattle, fowl and fish,
And leave behind an empty dish.

–Benjamin Franklin