"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation,
are people who want crops without ploughing the ground;
they want rain without thunder and lightning;
they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.
The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one,
or it may be both. But it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand;
it never has and it never will."
Frederick Douglass
[Frederick Baily] (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era
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A sagacious thought from a courageous, wise, great and compassionate human being.
 -- Dick, Fort Worth     
    Ditto Fort Worth. The antithesis of Political Correctness.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
     -- Anonymous      
    its so deep i dont even understand it.
     -- E.F.     
    ABSOLUTELY ! A simile to the quote may be to talk the talk and to walk the walk. Talking is easy but the walk tends to get more difficult. I have friends that have gone to prison for nothing more than illuminating the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land's criminal activities. Recognizing and doing something about freedom, liberty and a lawful society that recognizes inalienable rights comes at a cost. I have also had friends that have been beaten, abused and worse, murdered by said occupying statist theocracy for their moral, physical and lawful struggles.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    The power of this statement comes alive after seeing "Twelve Years a Slave"... Good to see the gang is till here...
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
     -- Ron w13, Or      
    Dick, Ft Worth, good comments from you and Terry.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
     -- Mary - MI      
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Correction:Those who control the resources are mentally deranged. They must be treated as their sickness demands. The mental health provider must take pains in establishing positive relations over the course of a long extended term. The violent character of the material resource allocator may at times depend on a hasty exit.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    In Addition: The material resource allocator is mentally disordered as opposed to the mentally healthy social relations provider. The material resource allocator actually becomes an object while the social being remains human. Folks this is psychology 101.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    Sillik, I bow my shaking head while smiling audibly  you really are nuts. Your mini diatribe is not psychology 101 but rather, theocratic socialism 101.Thank you for bringing a little comic relief
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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