“The Constitution grants citizens the rights to criticize their leaders because these leaders are human beings and not gods. It is only through the people’s criticism and supervision that those leaders will make fewer mistakes, and only in this way that the people will avold the misfortune of having their lords and masters ride roughshod over them. Then, and only then, will the people be able to breathe freely.”
– Chinese dissident Wei Jinsheng in his first trial, 1979. He was to spend 18 years in prison.