"Liberty, taking the word in its concrete sense,
consists in the ability to choose."
Simone Weil
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 -- gdgca      
 -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas      
This includes the right to choose what to eat, what to drive, where to live, what to do with your land, and all the other things that the Libs and enviro freaks are trying to control, and are controlling.
 -- jim k, austin     
    "... and to bear the consequences."
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- warren, olathe      
    I've always found it interesting that some of the most militant who espouse a "right to choose" actually only want you to have the right to choose when you choose what they want. Anyone who chooses to live their lives contrary to their wishes brings forth spittle flecked diatribes and wild eyed screaming, threats, and sometimes violence. They are not at all interested in liberty. It is only a mask for their fascism.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Individual Freedom demands Personal Responsibility. Which it seems has been missing since that woman sued McDonald's over a cup of hot coffee.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Society has the right to enact laws to protect it self. It dose not have the right to restrict the freedoms of its members. These laws must be written in such a way that the population will see the error of disobedience, and the wisdom of compliance. If this is not evidend, the people will exercize their right to choose, and they will choose to disobey. Write good and wise laws and only criminals will be criminals. Write unclear, confusing, intrusive and foolish laws, and you create a society where everyone will be criminals.
     -- Ken, Milford Pa.     
    Right on, Ken. There's a little known thing called "jury nullification" which allows juries to vote not guilty for any reason at all. This is the last resort that citizens have to nullify bad laws. My brother in law, a top defense lawyer in Ohio had never heard of it until I told him. I seriously doubt that a judge has ever told a jury about it. It's something that should be used more often.
     -- jim k, austin     
    Very correct Jim. A judge will instruct the jury that they have no right to form an opinion of the law. They are told that the law is the law, that they are required to uphold the law based on the preponderance of the evidence. This is an outright lie. The jury is society's last stop-gap measure against stupid laws and tyranny. Just vote not guilty and there is nothing, and I mean nothing that they can do. They will either have to remove the stupid laws or be embarrassed time and time again by an informed and courageous jury. This is not saying to let real criminals go free, but when government over steps their bounds, the jury must always set them straight and show them who the real boss is.
     -- Ken, Milford Pa.     
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