Anthony Lewis

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… keeper of the national conscience Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A final argument for broad freedom of expression is its effect on the character of individuals in a society. Citizens in a free society must have courage — the courage to hear not only unwelcome political speech but novel and shocking ideas in science and the arts. Citizenship & Patriotism
A President who wants to focus on domestic affairs must put foreign policy in a framework that Americans understand and that makes them feel secure. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
After 200 years, the 1st Amendment remains only as strong, or as weak, as the citizens it is designed to protect. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Americans should sense danger when a government tries to stop a newspaper from disclosing the origins of an unpopular war ... or accuses a newspaper of endangering national security by disclosing secret and illegal wiretapping. Freedom & Liberty
As the record of great figures in history shows, the correlation between a politician's sexual fidelity and his or her contribution to mankind is zero. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
In the 1980s the United States spent $6 billion supporting a Salvadoran Government that was dominated by killers. We armed them, trained their soldiers and covered up their crimes. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In the fifteen years since Earl Warren became Chief Justice, the Court has brought about more social change than most Congresses and most presidents. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Speaking truth to power is never going to be easy. Power
The Federalist Party said the Sedition Act of 1798 was needed to prevent French Jacobin terrorists from slipping into the United States. But the real reason was to prosecute pro-Jefferson newspaper editors. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The framers of our Constitution didn’t trust unlimited power. Power
There will always be authorities who try to make their own lives more comfortable by suppressing critical comment. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Americans who visit Tuscany or Umbria love the landscape: the silvery olive groves, the fields of sunflowers, the vineyards, the stone houses and barns. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Americans, we passionately believe, are a humane people. We showed that in restoring wounded economies abroad after World War II, even those of our enemies, Germany and Japan. War & Peace
Attacking the indecency of life in much of the Southern Hemisphere is no longer a matter of grace, of charity, of patronizing kindness. It is a matter of intense self-interest. Life
Congress has shortchanged not only foreign aid but foreign policy. A mistaken notion that diplomats are unimportant and hence undeserving of support grips conservative legislators, especially.
Desperation is a fact of life in many poor, overcrowded countries. Life
Despite all the gains for democracy in the world, in many countries anyone who wants to publish truths unwelcome to the government risks suppression and criminal punishment. Government
East and West, most societies have come to believe that competition will produce more prosperity for more people than a planned economy. I share that belief.
Even a competent lawyer may not be able to mount an adequate defense against the state, with all its resources, if he has next to nothing for investigation and effectively works for starvation wages.
Faith in reason was the foundation stone of the United States. Religion & God
Freedom under law is hard work. If rulers cannot be trusted with arbitrary power, it is up to citizens to raise their voices at injustice. Power ;Freedom & Liberty ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I am an optimist about America.
I was covering the Supreme Court when it decided Gideon v. Wainright, and the case has always had special meaning for me.
I'm a pro-capitalist, middle-of-the-road, tepid centrist.
Is it 'left' to insist that presidents and CIA directors adhere to the law? I don't think so. I think it's American.
Over many years, the United States has worked to persuade and compel governments around the world to abide by the rules. By spurning our own rules, we put that effort at risk.
The First Amendment is very important, but it's not everything.
The Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders, in open court before an international tribunal, had a profound long-term effect in bringing Germans back to democracy and humanity.
The only way to security for Israel and a humane life for Palestinians in their own land is political. No matter where the fault for past negotiating failures lies, there is no other path. Life
The Pentagon Papers case stands today as a barrier to silence by official edict.
There are values of humanity, culture, beauty, community that may require deviations from the cold logic of market theory.
We Americans have a sense of ourselves as a moral people. We have led the way in the fight for human rights in the world. Mistreating prisoners makes the world see our moral claims as hypocrisy.
We have learned by now, or should have, that the best-intended designers of aid programs can make ghastly mistakes in their sophisticated plans.
With one terrible exception, the Civil War, law and the Constitution have kept America whole and free. War & Peace