"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     
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