"While the people have property,
arms in their hands, and
only a spark of noble spirit,
the most corrupt Congress must be mad
to form any project of tyranny."
by:
Rev. Nicholas Collin
(1746-1831) Episcopal pastor, friend of Benjamin Franklin
Source:
Fayetteville Gazette (N.C.), October 12, 1789
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And now that there are no property rights, the right of arms is all but a dream, and the people of America are apathetic to any cause of real freedom -- Congress can do what it wants, as it does.
 -- Logan, Salt Lake City, Ut     
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    Our tyrannical congress IS corrupt. Vote them ALL out and set term limits.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    The right of arms lives with me and woe be to the government agents that try to enfoce the Kelo decision on me.
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    Thank you Logan, Joe, and helorat great comments, all such voices my sentiments.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Unfotunately, we cannot count on government to instill that 'spark of noble spirit' -- where has it gone?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Government has been pouring water on that spark of nobility for a very long time via the public re-education system. Early American history and civics have all but disappeared from today's government schools to be replaced by prophylactics on bananas and Al Bore propaganda movies on globull warming. Those that have that spark had to light it themselves through self-education.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    When the likes of Harry Reid and Barney Franks are reelected, you know the country is in deep trouble.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    Now that Congress is dancing to the UN tune, rather than acting as your Representative, its probably fair to say that they have become a psychotic entity.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    That's why soon we will have a bank holiday (the devaluing of the dollar) and the inability to wire money abroad, the outlaw of personal arms, Marshall law, the arrest of all dissidents and put into FEMA camps, etc, etc, So, sharpen the pitch forks and the guillotines. Archer, that noble spark is our responsibility as the government by its nature has none.
     -- RBESRQ     
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    That's exaclty why the government has, through the years, limited our right to property, regulated our right to bear arms and degraded the American Spirit that fired the Shot Heard Around the World. We the People must reignite that spark, reestablish Our gun rights, and reclaim Our property. This has been done before by men like Washington and Jefferson. I pray that similar people emerge and inspire We the People to accept the responsibility of justice and do our duty as free citizens.
     -- Publius     
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