"In short, it is the greatest Absurdity to suppose it in the Power of one or any Number of Men, at the entering into Society, to renounce their essential natural Rights or the Means of preserving those Rights, when the grand End of civil Government, from the very Nature of its Institution, is for the Support, Protection and Defense of those very Rights: The principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property."
Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."
The Votes and Proceedings of the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston in Town Meeting Assembled, According to Law. Published by Order of the Town. Nov 20 1772
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But, if you follow this advice in this land of the formerly free and home of the formerly brave, you will be accused of vigilante justice.
 -- Durham, Birmingham, AL     
    To throw off such government that has resulted in Absolute Despotism, is the Right and Duty of man, new guards are needed for our future security. It is Time to Right our Ship of State.
    When individuals are made to understand the love of family over state, the Light of the Truth brings understanding to the True Value of Liberty and Freedom from oppression.  
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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    Absolutely!  It is a great con that we are duty-bound to contribute a third to a half of our property every year to the government.  In the only country where land can be owned outright without any liens and encumbrances, the process has long been buried in order to obligate everyone to 'pay their fair share' of property and income taxes every year  essentially renting their own property forever.  The US has re-adopted most of the British system of property taxation.  Read the fine print, you don't own anything, but merely are liable for your property.  It's the State's property, you are the designated caretaker and 'beneficiary', must raise revenue to pay the Crown for the 'title'  if you don't, the Crown takes it back  after all, it is the property of the Crown, you only have title to it.  Americans are not taught about their real rights and obligations to the free American republic.  But people are awakening, and educating themselves - which has always been our responsibility.  I don't put myself in a school where I am taught to be an obedient worker, but learn how to be self-sufficient and live an honorable life.  To do that, I have to ask my own questions and discern the possibilities.  A good teacher is hard to find. ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    If I could rate this with innumerable stars a countless number of times, it would not do it justice. YES ! ! !  ABSOLUTELY ! ! !  We hold this truth to be self evident ! ! !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Correction to Mr Adams  devotees: the principle must read Life to all, liberty to all, and property to all.
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    Sillik, I agree with you on this. The only thing you have omitted is the word "individually" after each time you use the word "all".

     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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