The Death of Klinghoffer, The Metropolitan Opera, Freedom and Wisdom

October 22, 2014 2:26 PM

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The Death of Klinghoffer, The Metropolitan Opera, Freedom and Wisdom

I’m a big 1st Amendment guy. When George H.W. Bush accused Democratic Presidential nominee Michael Dukakis of being a “card carrying member of the ACLU,” I actually saw that as a compliment. But the freedom guaranteed by our Constitution doesn’t absolve us of accountability for what we say and what we publish. In fact, it demands it. And what distinguishes leadership is often not simply exercising one’s freedom, but doing so with genuine wisdom.

This tension between freedom and wisdom was never displayed in greater relief than the other night at outside the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. If you were there you might have witnessed the bizarre sight of a large collection of people in wheelchairs with signs reading “I...

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