"No free government, or the blessings of liberty,
can be preserved to any people,
but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation,
temperance, frugality and virtue, and
by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
George Mason
(1725-1792), drafted the Virgina Declaration of Rights, ally of James Madison and George Washington
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This quote speaks for itself.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    A wise man once said, "If you do not believe in something, you will believe anything." Today, far too many Americans believe in nothing of lasting value.
     -- JDoN, Michigan     
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    JDoN: Maybe you are thinking of GK Chesterton: "When men cease to believe in God, they do not believe in nothing; they believe in anything!"
     -- Jack, Brussels, Belgium     
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    Someone else said: The tree of Liberty must occasionally be watered with the blood of tyrants.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    This quote does speak for itself and why America has lost the freedoms and liberties it once knew.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Mason speaks of "free government" but I believe Jefferson said "bind them down by the chains of the Constitution."???? When government is free as ours is now, the people are slaves.
     -- Dave Wilber, St. Louis     
    tyrants and patriots, J Carlton. And I believe it was Jefferson.
     -- Dana, Lincoln     
    Correct Dana. The free government that George speaks of is clearly one that does not subjugate its people such as ours does not. You misinterpret his meaning. Some times to know what a person is saying you need to know how he thinks and not how you think.
     -- warren, olathe     
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     -- Ronw13, Idaho      
     -- jim k, austin      
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