"Liberty, human dignity, a higher standard of living is fundamental. And, steadily, I think, people are beginning to realise that you don't have those things unless you have a pretty large private enterprise sector. Any Iron Curtain country has neither liberty, nor a very high standard of living. The two things go, economic and political freedom, go together. I've been right in the forefront of saying that, here, in the States, and it's very interesting to me now, to see a number of articles from people who are taking up the same theme. They are disturbed that Socialism is reducing liberty and freedom for ordinary people, and that's really what matters. "
Margaret Thatcher
(1925-2013) British Prime Minister (1979–1990)
1976 Feb 5, TV Interview for Thames TV 'This Week'
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ABSOLUTELY ! ! ! We hold this truth to be self evident.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Ronw13, Oregon      
    Good old Bernie doesn't quite see that there is no free lunch. He appeals to young no-nothings with this notion that they can have everything for free.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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     -- Mary - MI      
    Straight shooting.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Interesting use of the term "no-nothing" Jim. Says a lot!
     -- Gerald, Monona     
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    I liked the "iron lady".
     -- cal, Lewisville, TX     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    The "Truth" we need to hold as "self evident" is that if you, we or our nation is irresponsible with our freedoms, we will all lose both our freedom and security.  Irresponsible US foreign policy has abused the freedom and security of others beyond our shores.  Such freedom to interfere in other nations has created violent extremists who are willing to mass murder Americans and sacrfice their lives in the process. They are increasingly able to gain such power given free trade.  Every technological component necessary to create bio, cyber, robotic, chemical, nuclear and even conventional forms of WMD is on the global market.  Just one patriotic American being irresponsible in the US regarding the Covid19 or their use of antibiotics threatens the lives of countless Americans. So much for the freedom and security of those infected and their families, when they die. It's that kind of irresponsible behavior that can cause other's to demand government action to restrict freedom of movement of all US citizens, with the use of military force if things get bad enough, or our economic system collapses because of it.  
     -- Chuck Woolery, Rockville, MD     
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