Tuesday, July 4, 2017

We the People

On July 4, we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is the Constitution, though, ratified in 1788, that establishes the framework of our government, and the Bill of Rights that guarantees many of our basic freedoms. Freedom of Speech is just one of the fundamental rights enumerated in the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Freedom of Speech includes the freedom to criticize the government and to disagree with the majority view. Peter Kuper created the illustration Dissent for the Boston Globe Magazine where it was published in 2005. It is a powerful graphic image although the specific context of the commission is not readily apparent. The original illustration art is available from the Scott Eder Gallery for $1,800.
Peter Kuper

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