WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011
James Madison’s Birthday – Freedom of Information Day
Freedom of Information Day is observed on March 16 in honor of James Madison, who was born March 16, 1751 (March 5, Old Style — there was a calendar change in the 1700s).
Why Madison? In addition to shaping the Constitution and pushing for the Bill of Rights, he left us some inspirational prose on the topic:
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.
Read the rest at: Gallagher Blogs: James Madison’s Birthday – Freedom of Information Day.