"If the author of the Declaration of Independence were to utter such a sentiment today, the Post Office Department could exclude him from the mail, grand juries could indict him for sedition and criminal syndicalism, legislative committees could seize his private papers ... and United States Senators would be clamoring for his deportation that he ... should be sent back to live with the rest of the terrorists."
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Frank I. Cobb
(1869-1923) American Journalist
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New York World
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Yes, sadly true. Why are we so blind to the atrocities that are happening each day in our own backyard? It reminds me of what Germany went through as Hitler rose to power; everyone just stood by and allowed it to happen. When you allow governments to demonize portions of society, and stand idly by, you are condoning the laws of tyranny that follow. One day the bell shall toll for you, and pray that someone will hear it and come to your rescue.
 -- Robert, Sarasota     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    When a certain segment of society begins to behave like terrorists, to give aid and comfort to terrorists, and to propagandize for terrorists, then they ought to be treated like terrorists. I don't recall Jefferson advocating the beheadings of infidels in the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson et. al. were engaging in rebellion without terrorism-an effort to be left alone. That is risky enough behavior, nonetheless. I think Cobb might choose some other word than terrorism if he were writing today.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    It is as true today as it was in Cobb's time. The word 'terrorist' is always in reference to those that wish to instill 'shock and awe' to their enemies -- to terrorize them. The sentiments of the Declaration of Independence under a different banner would certainly be considered 'treasonous' by those that tyrannize. The ideals of the Declaration of Independence are radical even today. A man who declares himself Independent draws a line in the sand -- and more often than not the one who crosses that line is someone representing the State.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The United States is no longer free. Our own government has taken control and restricts everything we do. Even something as simple as owning and carrying arms. I can't own a machinegun, a sawed-off shotgun, a switchblade, or grenades ... even if I wanted to.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Examine the ban on questioning the federal debt. The answers that explain your frustration revolve about this. Don't get mad. Get educated. SupremeLaw.org
     -- Randy, Gainesville, Florida Republic     
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    "When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary . . . to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them," But just a few years ago, a Supreme Court nominee was mercilessly ridiculed because of his writings on the Laws of Nature and not allowed to serve. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." It is quickly becoming a criminal offense to express religious beliefs in the military. Unalienable Rights are now reduced to civil rights as are determined by a foreign despot that claims inherent rights. Where once the President of the States united said: "The thing that sets the American Christian apart from all other people in the world is, he will die on his feet before he'll live on his knees" (George Washington - quoted by Francis Scott Key to Admiral Alexander Cochrane while witnessing Fort McHenry's bombardment) the current top executive despot claims this is not a Christian nation thus eliminating entirely the premise of unalienable rights. Said executive despot is now implementing as quickly as he can a socialistic theocracy. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed," Now compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, governmental larceny are inflicted on those that are no longer able to vote for individual(s) to represent We The People, but rather only are able to vote for those who will represent the tyranny of the foreign despot. The quote is more true now than when given.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Well said Mike.
     -- Anon     
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    The quote demonstrates just how perverse the American judiciary has become.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    This quote was prior to 1923, it certainly does not apply to 2009. Furthermore the Declaration was railing against a tyrannical monarchy. We now have a thriving democracy, thanks to The Declaration of Independence. The proof of our thriving democracy and freedoms is this blog site.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Waffler, you're "thriving democracy" is in its death throes. Largely due to tyrannical government...you don't get out much do you?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Hi, Waffler. Sorry, I couldn't resist: this web site is Canadian and hosted in Canada. Canada is still a monarchy, and we operate here as long as we are not considered a threat. Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms which is often called the 'Constitution' -- the difference between it and the US Bill of Rights is that in the Charter the rights of the people are enumerated as set forth from the Crown via Parliament whereas the Bill of Rights declare what rights the Congress may not abridge and that the people have more rights (not enumerated) than those identified in the Bill of Rights -- also the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights are declarations of the people to those that wish to govern them as opposed to the rulers of the people telling their subjects what rights they have. Today we have the right to publish the ideas on this site, but how would we know of the sites that have been banned? Sites are banned all the time -- heck, if Google banned us, no one would be here. Cheers!
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
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    Dear Editor: Thanks for your comments. You obviously know of the mutitude of blog sites where folk discuss and say anything they wish. If this is not freedom of speech then what is freedom of speech. Those with a persecution complex about this just ain't hitting on all cyclinders.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    He also wrote, "The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority... It is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people."
    The old adage of "Divide and conquer" has been replaced with "combine and neutralise"
     -- Martin Foster, Lyttelton     
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    How soon a " Freed People " can be removed, from the Roots that ground them, the sound wholesome valued life, the gift so soon forgotten. Our Declaration of Independence, " More powerful than the atom bomb " our declaring of numerated rights, 19 Liberties and counting. Numerated by the Stars in heaven, that declare the glory and hidden riches, sought out of all those that seek to Know, Liberty and Freedom ordained of/by and for the Creators edification of unity through Faith. Ascribing righteousness to our God of gods, King of kings, Lord of lords. Captain and anchor of our salvation as a nation and hope of the day to come. The Rock upon which the Republic rest now and forever more. Always in Amen, the true and faithful witness.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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    Thank you Editor of Liberty Quotes for attempting to educate and honestly enlighten the completely and habitually dense Waffler. Alas, and as usual your and all other heartfelt and meaningful attempts are to no avail because Waffler never received any "cylinders" to hit on.
     -- Mary - MI     
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