"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers."
John Adams
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765
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 -- AL, DC      
Multiple times here I've written what "liberty" is, the principles thereof, and the laws of nature and of nature's God that define it. That general knowledge (or even a minimal cognitive understanding) of "liberty" is no longer among the helots, serfs, slaves and otherwise sheeple patrons of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land. In the de jure States - united sovereigns, with their indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, and Divine rights were to select and otherwise hire servants with a moral character for administrative purposes, - not to choose or vote for rulers.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Ultimately, life and freedom reside in right discernment, that which is underlied by true understanding.

    Knowledge, uninformed by understanding, is insufficient, in itself.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.
     -- Jim K, Austin     
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    It is the basic reason for the condition of our country. Our citizen don't know, care or under stand their responsibility and opportunity.
     -- Gene Mikell, Woodstock, Ga     
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    Do not expect "that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge" to be offered willingly or discovered without effort. 'Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...' will ever be their warning.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Expect the truth to be actively suppressed by those with power...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    You mean watch our ruler 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You mean watching his every breath through every decade, keeping close tabs in successive generations.  I feel the poor fellow is going to earn a considerably amount of well earned  expletives and deservingly so. God-damn right.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    Mr Archer, I would ask you to give up your suppressive actions of the truth for which the adult is totally committed their whole beings to preserving. The adult will always labor for the revelation of truth.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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