Guardians of independence

As we celebrate our independence today it would do well to contemplate the words of Thomas Jefferson.
No, not the Declaration of Independence.
That too, but I’m thinking of other words by Jefferson.
In advocating for the First Amendment, the one that guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press, Jefferson said:
“If it were up to me to have a government without a free press or a free press without a government, I should not hesitate to choose the latter.”
That’s how important a free press was to the architect of this nation’s independence.
That hardly sounds like he considered us the enemy of the people.
More like freedom’s best hope.

Ed Ackerman