Perhaps expectations in this forum need to be made more clear, and hopefully will be consistent for all. To begin, what is worthy of political discussion? Suppression of dissent seems to be a very legitimate topic, and very applicable at this time in our country. Also, I disagree that the responsibility to make a case lays with the OP only. When one debates in an academic forum, and someone questions a position, they too are expected to substantiate why they question it. This has been an ongoing mentality in this forum that is nonsense. In regard to the Give Me Liberty thread, I provided links, first to the news story from MSNBC (and other sources), then to a former CIA official running for congressional office, and so forth, which is far more than most opening posts provide in this forum. Also, I assume members in this forum are more intelligent than the average bear, so don’t need an elementary explanation. BobG provided a link to the content of the letter in question. Is this letter deserving of sedition (advocating the overthrow of the government?). I feel sedition is a very strong accusation with serious penalty. I find it particularly odd that members who are educators do not see the significance of this topic, because most professors I know would be in jail along with this VA nurse. Without physically going to the library, unfortunately I (and other members) are limited by what is available on the Internet (e.g., has there been any update to the Sedition Act). If I wonder about something like this, I try to see what I can find. If members would like to read some more scholarly work on the subject, here are a few as a quick start: Free Speech, Sedition and the Constitution Robert McCloskey Perilous times : free speech in wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the war on terrorism Geoffrey R. Stone Repression, Incorporation, Lustration, Education: How democracies React To Their Enemies Giovanni Capuccio Please, let's not suppress opposing views in this forum. We have enough of this going on in our country at this time.