"To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we are obliged to deprecate the value of freedom itself."
Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
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Before the deprecation of feedom can occur, the deprecation of individual life and its eternal value must occur first.
 -- Anon     
    Message to RBESRQ: Bureaus and thus bureaucracies were created in this country as a response to the spoils system, a system in which non-professional party hacks ran roughshod over their fiefdom ie the American people. Bureaus were installed to free the system and the people from graft and corruption.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Good joke Waffler. The bureaus, staffed by our "public servants" are now our masters, and they are full of "graft and corruption".
     -- Jim k, Austin     
    Anon, yep! The Amerikan helot, or otherwise statist theocracy's serfs (obliged to be not free) are now recognized by their acceptance of compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity and other deprecations of life, liberty and property.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Right on Mike, and don't forget to buy that toilet and those lightbulbs that Big Brother forces on you.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    Indeed, children are now taught to rely on government as a higher authority than their own parents. They are taught nothing of the values and priciples of freedom, but how to comply to a system of entrenched Stalinist bureacracy.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    It's the "Bureaus" that have taken over the administration (indirectly) they are now the power houses robing the people of not just their rights but also their livelihood.
     -- RBESRQ     
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