"Many politicians... are in the habit of laying it down as
a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till
they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool...
who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim."
Thomas Babington Macaulay
(1800-1859) [Lord Macaulay] 1st Baron Macaulay, British historian
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
Because rights, law and freedom are inalienable = 5 stars.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Thank God my dad just threw me in !
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    This is the line drawn in the sand between the Statists and the Freemen. The statists are the 'establishment' Democrats and Republicans -- they are the socialists, fascists, communists, and totalitarians that assume first that government 'rules' the people, and that the people should only be able to exercise 'permitted' power over themselves, thus the mountains of regulations we must obey to work, travel, communicate, buy & sell, produce, consume, learn, and share. How far we have come since the Declaration of Independence ...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    The true reason for facing a problem when going into the water is that you might run into a politician who is drowning under their own weight of usurpation's and violations of their sacred oath of office.
     -- Mary - MI     
    Archer, said well
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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