"Those who won our independence
believed that the final end of the State
was to make men free to develop their faculties...
They valued liberty both as an end and as a means.
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty."
Justice Louis D. Brandeis
(1856-1941) US Supreme Court Justice
Whitney v. California, 1927
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WOW, what ever happened to that historical truism?
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    AMEN ! HALLELUJAH! Oops sorry, overreation, wishful thinking. Does anybody still believe this? I thought nobody was responsible for anything except the government, and it is my responsibility to pay for the health care and food of every idiot who wants to be a couch potato and eat himself to death.
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    Courage -- a very rare commodity indeed and absolutely essential for liberty. Imagine if the media were to promote that word as much as the word 'terror' (and all its variations) -- I believe the populace would actually get it.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Archer, I wish you were correct, but I sincerely doubt it. The majority are passed the point of no return. We are unwilling to destroy the enemy, but perfectly willing to be treated like criminals by the TSA for the illusion of security.
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    Isn't that an amazing statement. The secret has been in plain sight for 200 years, but is often forgotten today or buried under garbage.
     -- R.B.T., Mt. Kisco     
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    The social engineering of emasculating the sons of liberty has created a society of progressive lost boys. The social engineering of making masculine the daughters of liberty has created a society of progressive sons of dogs. The land of the free and home of the brave has become the land of the fee and the home of the slave. Those of courage, that valued and believed in liberty and that fought for our liberty would not recognize today's patrons of the occupying statist theocracy that now infests this land. How many today take courage and/or are embolden when a police state agent drives up immediately behind them ? (or is there fear and squirming - hoping all licenses (permitted privileges) are up to date, there is not some unknown victimless crime that was performed or ? ? ?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    There is no possibility of the current slave society to change back into a semblance of a freedom society - without revolution.
     -- Ray,, Vancouver, B.C.     
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    A sententious and irreproachable statement of the American ideal.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Ronw13, ID      
    What kind of an individual can comprehend even the most remote rudiments of liberty and own slaves? 
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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