Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Freedom of Information Day Celebrates Counsel of James Madison
Mary Treacy, executive director of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, celebrated this Freedom of Information Day by honoring James Madison.
Treacy argues it's fitting to honor Madison, born on March 16, 1751, during the annual celebration because of his confidence in government transparency and a free press, embodied in the quote: "A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
Treacy challenges us to make a serious individual effort to "'get up and do what needs to be done' to ferret out reliable information, examine facts, share ideas with those who agree, and listen with equanimity to ideas with which we vehemently disagree."
Read the full tribute here.