Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, and he has a stupid beard.
Just look at that thing, what a stupid beard. I bet that beard can't do basic mathematics or know when to use your, you're or yore. It can't even finish the Monday crossword puzzles, is the reason we have warning labels on everything, and even likes Jay Leno. What a dumb, stupid beard.
On the other hand, Bandow himself is a pretty smart guy, at least when it comes to the age old American right to be a jerk (demonstrated above).
A lot gets lost in the debate over freedom of speech, especially in the context of threats of terrorism and the need to protect our liberties away, but Bandow's latest article strikes at the real meat of the question:
Terrorism may pose the greatest threat currently facing America. Not the possibility of being killed in a terrorist attack. Rather, the possibility of losing basic constitutional liberties.
That says it pretty well, but since a lot of people need to hear things more than one time and in more than one way to understand them, here's some more:
[T]o allow fear to justify the abrogation of Americans’ constitutional liberties would threaten what makes America worth protecting. Indeed, the First Amendment sets the U.S. apart from the rest of the world. Canada and many European nations long have sacrificed free speech to political correctness. It is a new form of tyranny, in which people cannot argue about important political, religious, moral, and cultural controversies if doing so might offend the majority or, more often, an influential minority.
Or, to put it more simply, it's life and liberty, not life then liberty if no one in the world gets mad.