"Let us render the tyrant no aid; let us not hold the light by which he can trace the footprints of our flying brother."
by:
Frederick Douglass
[Frederick Baily] (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era
Source:
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself [1845] (Toronto: New American Library, 1968), p. 106
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 -- Anonymous      
Beautiful quote - that's one for the books. Let us also free those bound by ignorance and intolerance so they too will see the footprints of their brother.
 -- RBESRQ     
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    Yes. Those ignorant leftists who are intolerant of any religious speech, or any other speech they disagree with for that matter, really should learn to be more accepting and celebrate diversity. Maybe they should learn that what makes them uncomfortable makes them think. Of course, thinking is not the point for a leftist.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Ken, there you go again - a typical GOP trick called projectionism
     -- RBESRQ     
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    I think it means that we as 'the people' should protect each other from the oppression of tyranny. The jury was meant to be the final check against government usurpation. We are more enslaved than we admit, and when one of us has the courage to escape, the rest of us should help him and render the tyrant no aid. Tyranny comes from the left and the right because it needs one class to oppress another. Give the Demos and GOPers no more aid!!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I would translate this to mean each generation of slaves have different oppressions and that all must resist such. Today, rendering the tyrant no aid would be to not participate in compelled compliance (including violentless non-participation), fight all victimless crimes (in court, notifying legislators, etc.), do not participate in any government licensing, do not render your labor's fruits to the thieves, and act (not be acted upon) in all your inalienable rights
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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