"We, today, stand on the shoulders
of our predecessors who have gone before us.
We, as their successors, must catch the torch
of freedom and liberty passed on to us by our ancestors.
We cannot lose this battle."
Benjamin E. Mays
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 -- Jessica, Atlanta      
 -- Anonymous      
Coming from where Mays came from, a very noble sentiment. Today it would be said, the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land has its boot heal on the neck of freedom loving predecessors. It is up to us to rekindle the torch of freedom and liberty to carry on the battle that the here stated ancestors envisioned.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Vera, CT      
    Today's progressives and their clueless drone minions are more than happy to snuff that torch out and for most not fully realizing the negative impact their master's actions will have on themselves, not unlike the peasants of Russia experienced after the Bolshevik Revolution. The dream they were promised turned out to be a nightmare of misery and death.

    "That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
    -- George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, Section XV [1776]
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
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    There is always a concerted effort by the powerful and influential to secure and consolidate more power. The battle for the world is not over, nor who shall sit on the throne. One cannot inherit Liberty as if it were a static thing -- Freedom is lived, Those that wish to continue to enjoy their freedom will do best to maintain it knowing full well of the opposition and its tactics.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- jim k, Austin      
    Excellent comments by all. I have never cared for the " metric rule ", I prefer the " American Standard Rule ". The Temple is no doubt polluted, even though the symbols are worn upon their coats. " Catch the torch " as if tossed to a crowd, brings to mind we all run the race. But only one gets the prize. Mike of Norwalk, uses the term " Envision " , Archer states " Liberty is not a static thing ". while Mike of Pleasant Hill, stands upon the return to " Fundamental Principles ", all very true observations. From generation to generation the torch is passed. Our vision is not from the heart of the individual, but from God. ( Horama, a spectacle, espec, supernatural - sight ) as also a reveling, ( Apokalupsis, more comprehensive than epiphaneia and depicts the progressive and immediate unveiling of the otherwise unknown and unknowable God to his church. Our Liberty was never long lasting even to the Hebrews, but only fleeting. A pattern is passed down, to each generation, this from Acts 9:4 till now. The vision of the arm of God, spoken of in part till now. But now the Open vision of the Rule which God supplies. with which we measure, doctrine and spacing of time. This time of Liberty we live in, grace, has a specific length. We trust upon this arm, " ruler " to guide and stand upon. " Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine Hand; you shall lie down in sorrow. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon ? Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Put on strength and Stand fast in the Liberty wherewith God has made us Free. ! Fundamental Principles, 3 Liberties x 13 principles of moral conduct. We are not ignorant of evils devices. We fight not as though we beat the air.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
     -- jim k, Austin      
    Good advice. 
     -- Don Lee, Reno     
     -- Mary, MI      
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