"It is a very great mistake to imagine that
the object of loyalty is the authority
and interest of one individual man,
however dignified by the applause or
enriched by the success of popular actions."
by:
Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."
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True words from a great man.These words can be applied to the present.
 -- KS., Queensbury,NY.     
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     -- Anonymous, reston, VA US      
    If only this was paid more attention to when Wm. J. Clinton [Blythe] and his type were coning their way into the white house and other offices, with a glare and a smile, this would be a better world and the U.S a Greater and Better Country.
    Charasmatic preaching is bad enough in religion, it's horrid in a statist policy.

    -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco [Mes(-)Van Dongen] Buday
     -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco , Vancouver, GVRD(Paine Cnty), BC(SU), USoEh!(USoA)     
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    The quote is very original.
     -- Chadd, Vancouver     
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    I applaud him. LOL
     -- Anonymous     
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    it is a very good quote
     -- daniel, bowie     
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     -- Samuel, Colarado Springs      
    the quote was good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     -- me-myself&I, mytown     
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    wow NOT GOOD you guy would now a good quote if it hit you on the head(lol jk it was good)
     -- judy, mississippi     
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    sorry i meant to put would not know you guys would not know a good Blah blah blah blah
     -- judy, misstown(mississippi)     
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    "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Simple enough to understand, there is only one creation and set of natural laws that go with it, in our existence anyway.
     -- Anon     
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    I'll drink a Samuel Adams to that!
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    The authority and interest of one individual man, is a dictatorship. Loyalty to one man is not patriotism...its a trained poodle. Best example of this I've seen in a long time was 100,000 Obamunists shouting in unison...Yes we can, Yes we can...(Zeig heil Zeig Heil...) Morons.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    And now we have a President who feels that if you don't give him the "honor" that he feels befits his authority, and set him upon high, that you are then disloyal. Pity Samuel isn't around now to point this out to him.
     -- Heather, Frankfort     
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    The quote is GOOD and the sentiment underskirts the fabric of our democratic society. Our loyalty should be to that society and its Constitution. And Heather Obama is a product of that society and its constitution and he thus deserves the respect, not that "he feels" (how do you happen to know what he feels), and honor as the temporay (4 or 8 years) leader. Has he been set on high anymore than any President. I don't know if I understand your words, are they words of disrespect and dishonor. Now Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Yeah Obama is a Peace Prize winner...and Al Gore managed to win a Nobel Prize too. Tells me one thing; The Peace Prize is a political proxy prize and much resembles the stuffed toy won at the local carnival. Nothing more than a worthless paperweight...
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Collectivist sycophants always manage to twist 'individualism' into the trickling up of power to 'the one' -- to get lost in the mass, to worship power to their own detriment. Somehow power in the hands of the individuals (the People) is forbidden -- it must rest in the hands of a king or dictator. I guess that is why Waffler often calls those defending the power of the individual 'dictators' when in fact all we wish is to be able to 'dictate' our own lives not any one else's.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- RBESRQ      
    Good point Archer, dictating one's own life is the natural state of existence we are born into and freedom is the right of each to freely choose with consent to enter into any relationship with any one for any reason and at the same time the right to choose not to do the same. Absolute freedom begins at this natural self evident line in the sand that when crossed naturally and common sensically, with a neutral viewpoint, creates a natural loss of freedom. A point people miss is that the Constitution was to begin with, with freedom, what the respect of every individual life creates, foremost in mind, an agreement consented to for the purpose of limiting freedom without snuffing it out. It's a fact that the natural first agreement that is made by any man or group of men everytime they peacefully meet is to mutually respect each other by voluntarily with natural (non spoken) agreement to limit freedom so no one suffers personal injury to life and property that comes from criminal behavior that may be exercised by some individuals. This is the natural process that exists between individuals that the great experiment attempted to define and protect. Free association. Protecting freedom is the second thing the Constitution is supposed to do. Limiting it by punishing exercises of it that overstep the natural law that protects every individual's rights is individual freedom lost. From that line in the sand (the compromise), it becomes self evident as to how free an individual is once he takes a look at the restrictions that legally bind him into service without the choice to break those binds simply, easily, and as legally as it was when he signed the contracts. It's called freedom to choose and even setting aside the fact most are never informed of this loss of rights VOLUNTARILY waived there is still no law that can be written to deny an individuals free and natural right to say stop, no, I don't want to play your game anymore, I want to play the game nature has laid out for all of us that promotes peace and life that our Constitution protects rather than your game that, obviously, promotes war and death purely for financial profit leading to personal power over the way the world is governed through economic physical and mental slavery. It's always been a matter of who dictates and controls life as it is the natural instinct of some to dictate over others for their own benefit without a care for the life it is controlling.
     -- Anon     
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    We dictate our own lives when we vote.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and now Obama, the Peace Prize is a joke.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    I believe a wise latina woman could come to a better conclusion than a white male !?
     -- Sonia Sotomayor, Washington, USA     
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    Waffler, your vote means nothing in reality and I'm willing to bet it is the only decision you dictate to yourself in your ongoing fantasies that you really do dictate and control your own life.
     -- Anon     
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    Anon if my vote and your vote mean nothing then why are some on this site complaining about the results of the last election. If our vote means nothing then why are some complaining about Obama, Pelosi and Reid. The votes certainly mean something to these complainers.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    Because IF one thinks their vote actually means something then they can complain all they want as far as government is concerned because they know the vote means nothing once it's been used to get them in office but if anyone believes it means more than that they're dreaming but it keeps the citizenry happy thinking it does. When you vote for a guy who passes a law you don't personally agree with, to you, that's the way it's supposed to be. What you miss is that it's not nature's way and that man's way has you fooled into thinking after you made your vote you have the ear of your elected official which in reality special interest does. The democratic vote for our officials and their democratic legislation of laws does not change the ultimate importance of the individual rights of mankind in our constitutional republic and our and their democratic actions cannot violate the rights of the individual and ANY law that violates those rights is unconstitutional no matter how it came into being law and who the special interest is. As for the complaints over the elections, they mostly revolve over who the lesser of the two evils is as most recogniize no matter who gets voted in nothing will change for the better of freedom and our Constitution.
     -- Anon     
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    Judy, History surely tells us you walk on dangerous ground here. How would you like a king who has the power to single you out, and then take the most dreadful actions against you and those you love the most? People, esp. those with legal power, can selfishly turn on you, and not at necessarily this very moment. This is why the Constitution is written so negative, for protection against this very thing. These guys, America's founding fathers weren't stupid. They had a very sharp knowledge and sense of 'human nature'. Unfortunately, it is weak, changable, and can become very cruel. Let us all be careful about such actions of our minds and hearts. Judy, take care, and good will to all, Rick
     -- Rick, Erie     
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