He is a libertarian, but also a bit of everything else, believing in causes like animal rights, the environment, personal responsibility, and civic education.
He says that we have lost the thread to the things that matter.
The world had been to the brink and good citizenship was responsible for saving it, that's how Maher grew up after his parents served in World War II.
We don't have that today.
Being loyal to your country is what it means.
Americans who say, 'This is the greatest country in the world,' without knowing anything about other countries, are just pulling it out of nowhere.
I'm proud of many things in this country.
My parents and other people stopped communism.
I'm proud of what we started.
It was a new beginning for freedom and liberty in the world.
I am not proud of slavery.
I'm not proud of what happened to the Indians.
I don't think I'm proud of what's happening today.
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The First Amendment does not protect offensive language, but the Court has ruled that it can sometimes contain a political message.
The conviction of a young California man named Paul Cohen who was arrested for violating California's law against "maliciously and willfully disturb[ing] the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or person" was overturned by the Court.
Cohen wore a jacket in a Los Angeles courthouse that said "Fuck the Draft" in protest of the Vietnam War.
The message was not directed to anyone who was likely to see the jacket and there was no evidence that Cohen was inciting anyone to a fight.
The political correctness movement that swept the country in the late 1980s and 1990s has taken on significance in the wake of these cases.
Political correctness refers to an ideology held primarily by some liberals, including some civil rights activists and feminists, that language should not be used in a way that demeans any group of individuals.
College campuses have speech codes that ban speech that might be offensive to women and minorities.
Critics of speech codes argue that they unfairly restrict free speech on college campuses.
The University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin were found in violation of students' First Amendment rights by federal district court judges in 1989.
Outside of campus politics, political correctness has had an impact.
Commentators who disagreed with the U.S. foreign policy had to be careful not to end up on the wrong side of a boycott.
When he suggested that it took courage to fly a plane into a building, the outcry was so loud that he lost his job on network television.
The reporting of journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein drives home the importance of a free press.
TheWatergate break-in and cover-up resulted in congressional investigations and the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
Here, they talk about story developments with the publisher, the managing editor, and the executive editor.
They argue that liberals have stifled people's ability to express themselves.
Although there are many good reasons to deplore the effects of political correctness, the 2016 campaign unfortunately resulted in an increase of nativist and racist language, as supporters followed the Republican candidate's exuberance.
The First Amendment protects both freedom of speech and the press.
The issue of prior restraint, libel restrictions, and the conflict between a free press and a fair trial are only some of the controversial issues we have already covered.
British common law held that it is acceptable to censor writing and speech about the government if it occurs after publication.
The Supreme Court shares the founders' concern that prior restraint is a dangerous form of censorship.
Their view is illustrated by two classic judgments.
It is important for the watchdog and information-providing roles of the press to be able to speak freely about the character and actions of those in public service.
Because careers and reputations are easily ruined by rumors and innuendo, journalists should be required to speak.
When suing for libel, public officials must show that a publication acted with malice, which means not that the paper had an evil intent, but that it acted with reckless disregard.
The ruling was extended to include public figures who put themselves in a public position.
Real news is the target of a libel lawsuit.
If you intend to file a lawsuit, you should know if the news is legit.
The court tried to give the press some wiggle room.
The public's interest in keeping a critical eye on government is clearly the winner here.
The public's interest in the truth outweighs the privacy of individuals when they put themselves into the public domain.
The right to a fair trial is a Bill of Rights guarantee.
The Sixth Amendment requires that an impartial jury be found when there is media coverage of a crime.
Many journalists think that the Sixth Amendment means that the proceedings should be open.