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Seattle Librarians Resolve for Bush Impeachment

I love librarians!

Ok, I'm a librarian -- so I love myself!

Lookit what the Seattle Public Library librarians have done.  They've passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush.

I did not know, when I started library school a few years ago how the free public library movement was invented here in the United States.  I didn't know how deep the defense of intellectual freedom runs in the culture of American librarianship. Truly, one of the very best things about our culture here in the United States is our library system.   Take a look at this quote from the American Library Association's Freedom to Read Statement:

The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals. We, as individuals devoted to reading and as librarians and publishers responsible for disseminating ideas, wish to assert the public interest in the preservation of the freedom to read.

Most attempts at suppression rest on a denial of the fundamental premise of democracy: that the ordinary individual, by exercising critical judgment, will select the good and reject the bad. We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. We do not believe they are prepared to sacrifice their heritage of a free press in order to be "protected" against what others think may be bad for them. We believe they still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression.

Librarians are fierce & free!

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I am very proud of the Seattle librarians.  Can't blame them a bit - that's the reaction I would have if I were drafted into this administration's un-Constitutional spying efforts.

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