The New Year is a time for fresh beginnings and important resolutions to make choices that improve our lives. Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. Wherever the celebration occurs, there is always a sense of optimism and change in the air.
What is on our minds as we begin 2015 is the importance of self-expression. Given the most recent events of North Korea’s role in the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures and the subsequent fallout, our American values are rooted in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It provides that our Constitution prohibits the making of any law … abridging the freedom of speech.
Cornell Law Review states: “Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief.” It prohibits Congress from restricting the rights of individuals to speak freely.
As publishers, lawyers and American citizens, we hold this right dear to our hearts just as our Founding Fathers did. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines self-expression as “the expression of one’s own personality, thoughts or feelings especially through artistic activities (such as painting, writing, dancing, et cetera).”
It is fitting that this issue is devoted to art. There are pages and pages of artists expressing themselves in many different ways – and in Detroit! We cannot even imagine if this expression was threatened or suppressed.
As President Harry Truman so aptly stated: “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
We feel so fortunate and blessed to publish Ambassador – freely and rich in self-expression.
God Bless America, and have a joyous 2015!