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A day of Thanks

On this day of Thanksgiving, consider this timely quote:

What a huge debt this nation owes to its “troublemakers.” From Thomas Paine to Martin Luther King, Jr., they have forced us to focus on problems we would prefer to downplay or ignore. Yet it is often only with hindsight that we can distinguish those troublemakers who brought us to our senses from those who were simply … troublemakers. Prudence, and respect for the constitutional rights to free speech and free association, therefore dictate that the legal system cut all non-violent protesters a fair amount of slack.

Garcia v. Bloomberg, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79296 (S.D.N.Y. June 7, 2012) (scan in cloud here).