"For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?"
by:
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, and poet
Source:
"Boston" Stanza 15
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yes!
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Indeed.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Being a victim or beneficiary of the welfare state is not being free. I would rather live in a mud hut then take unearned money extracted at the point of a gun by the government. Pity so many have lost this true love of freedom.
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    Good to dissent and be the vocal minority while skirting the tyrant's violent revenge. Better to die in the cause of freedom then live in tyranny. Best to live victorious with the threat extinguished and liberty secured for the next generation.
     -- Eric Engstrom, Wichita, KS     
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    The beneficiaries of our welfare state have no desire to be other than a slave because they neither want nor take responsibility for themselves. They just take more and more and more from the government, and government gives and gives and gives of our money ... not theirs.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    A rich slave is still a slave.
     -- Anonymous     
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