"Liberty in America can be enhanced by reinstating, legislatively, restraints upon the direction of our culture and morality. Censorship as an enhancement of liberty may seem paradoxical. Yet it should be obvious, to all but dogmatic First Amendment absolutists, that people forced to live in an increasingly brutalized culture are, in a very real sense, not wholly free."
–Robert H. Bork in National Review, December 19
"I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome."
–President George W. Bush, reflecting on the prediction that U.S. troops in Iraq would be "welcomed as liberators," NBC News, December 12
"This is terrorism."
–Saddam Hussein, on being deprived of shower and exercise facilities while in prison, quoted by the Associated Press, December 7
"Disco at its best is a neurological event, a shamanistic vehicle of space-time travel."
–Camille Paglia in Salon, December 2
"You can always turn the television off and, of course, block the channels you don't want….But why should you have to?"
–Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin at a Senate "Open Forum on Decency," November 29