"Liberty, like chastity, once lost, can never be regained in its original purity."
Henry Wheeler Shaw
(1818-1885) American humorist and lecturer
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woooow, a lot of truth there. Once violated by such obscene maladies as compelled compliance, governmental license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity, no property ownership, non-recognition of inalienable rights, and done with such force and frequency the dumbed slave thinks it the normality of freedom. How is the original purity regained from that ? ? ?
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Our original liberty has been watered down so much that it is clear and tasteless.
     -- Cal, lewisville, TX     
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    Remember the cliche, " it's a free country". This hasn't been true since Lincoln initiated the war of Northern aggression against the South, and is getting worse with every election since. For some reason you don't hear that much anymore.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    You never hear the cry of "Liberty" from any other country than America; unfortunately, since there are no other free nations like America, our misleaders have redefined liberty -- they know how much oppression can be loaded upon a people -- just look at any totalitarian government in the world today -- how did they get there? As long as We the People accept the 'debt' that is being loaded upon us, we will become slaves. There is no other America to save us from ourselves. There is no denying it now, it is war against the American people -- the number one weapon being used against us is PROPAGANDA propped up by armed government officials. Nazism is alive and well in the USSA.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    By wiping the slate clean and reinventing the juduicary on all levels, I think that Liberty can be regained, and for a while remain pure. Then in another hundred years it will have to be reinvented again. But since typically the people at the top of the corrupt heap are unwilling to relinquish their spot at the trough, it's not going to be easy...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Chastity is not virginity, yet the "chastity belt" was worn to keep another from plundering while away. Seems corruption has the key while the master is away. Let you Chamberlains be Eunuchs as all public servants should be. Chamberlain, keeper of the city treasury. 
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    "All public servants should be eunuchs." ;-) I am surprised with all the LGBT stuff that the eunuchs haven't joined the fold to demand their rights, too.  I heartily agree  public servants should be eunuchs! 
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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