"Laws directed against opinions affect the generous-minded rather than the wicked, and are adapted less for coercing criminals than for irritating the upright."
Baruch Spinoza
(1632-1677) Dutch philosopher of Sephardi Portuguese origin
cited in Atlantic Monthly, January 1955
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 -- Anonymous      
The Obamunist's desire to reduce charitable donation right offs in favor of more government intrusion to private lives comes to mind. The criminal statist theocracy's patrons are not coerced but rather, the upright, loving, and charitable are abused and irritated.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- jim k, austin      
     -- cal, lewisville, tx      
    And "Federal" laws that allow for roadblocks on public highways that are supposed to be in place to look for aliens and drugs are in fact training exercises for the upright. They're being taught to comply to: "You're papers please" Yep! National Socialism is back and every American should be completely revolted at the prospect.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
     -- E Archer, NYC      
    Sometimes I think most laws were made to irritate rather than to maintain good order. Even if you kick a poor, old dog repeatedly and he never bites, someday he may just have had enough and chew your leg off. I think our politicians are slowly starting to hear the growl.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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