"Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the "latent spark"... If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?"
John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Novanglus, 1775
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It is the eternal truth of this quote that always blows up in the face of those who would enslave.
 -- Anon     
    A fear of the current statist theocracy; they don't know if their dumbing down is sufficient or their cannons will keep the people enslaved.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    John Adams please come back we need you - the latent spark will hopefully ignite when we clamor for individual state sovereignty - I mean real sovereignty. Mike - its continued.
     -- RBESRQ     
    No truer words ever written than those John Adams wrote to Thomas Jefferson: "All of the perplexities, confusions and distresses in America....arise from downright ignorance of the NATURE of coin, credit and circulation." (emphasis added) When the nature of coin and credit is such that a few men get both in unlimited amounts for nothing, there is no lie those men won't tell, no distraction that they will not create and no attrocity that they will not commit to insure that they will always get everything for absolutely nothing.
     -- Winsmith, St. Louis     
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    Adams really had it right and all of those tort reformers and those who would deny people the right to resent injury and deny them the feelings of indignation against wrong are the enemies of true freedom. If the right to sue and be sued, to redress wrongs and injuries in court are removed by the enslavement of the people is underway. Strangely and scary enough many of the same folk who talk about "freedom" the loudest also talk about taking away peoples natural right as a human being to protest, sue and right wrongs against them and their fellow man.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Winsmith, Tis true the monopoly money game that they play is the key to their power, and all the rest is really a smokescreen and unfortunately most can't see the fire for the smoke, but, the truth will come out. "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks." -- Lord Acton
     -- Anon     
    Waffler, we agree so seldom that I wanted to comment here on how much I'm in full accord with you.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Well tell your far right friends and the Republican party that is in the hands of the money crowd and the greed crowd that is so much interested in protecting money form law suits by the great unwashed to get on board. Tort reform is a means of further enslaving the masses to the big corporations.
     -- Anonymous     
    Mike we probably agree on a lot you just got your vocabulary all screwed up and you have set your opinions into some lock step mode disenabling your ability to talk and thing reasonably,.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    I do believe that we are 'good' in general. We always have a choice on the direction we wish to take ourselves -- either in honor or deception, both with their related consequences. I do believe goodness prevails, as truth prevails, as it is ultimately our choice to be either in accord with it or out of it.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Complementing: "Of Liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its existence, is unobstructed action according to our will. But Rightful Liberty is within limits drawn around us by the Equal Rights of others. And I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’, because the law is often but the Tyrants-will, and always so when it violates the Rights of an individual." Thomas Jefferson "I would rather be exposed to the inconvenience attending too much Liberty than those attending too small degree of it." Thomas Jefferson
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
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