"We are not to expect to be translated
from despotism to liberty
in a feather-bed."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson to Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, April 2, 1790
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Freedom is not a gift -- it is a Responsibility.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
    Even though it is a Responsiblity it is still a gift that we have Fressdom
     -- Anonymous, Elkhart, IN     
    Jefferson said: "Resistance to tyrany is service to God," Dave Wilber says "submission to tyrany is service to Satan."
     -- Dave Wilber     
    Dave, I like it - YES
     -- MIke, Norwalk     
    if there ever was a time to resist tyrany, the time is now.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
    Freedom is not free and i'll gladly buy it at any cost, but not enslavement like Obamacare.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    ...to be transformed... Freedom is a gift of the cosmos and it's man and his greed that makes it not so. Freedom is like a butterfly that's impossible to catch and when you do your freedom dies with it.
     -- RBESRQ     
    Thomas Jefferson at his best is hard to match
     -- garret seinen, Vancouver Island, Canada     
    Its man that makes Freedom a responsibility - it's his ego and continued wish for sovereignty over others that creates the need for wars - it will always be the same. Man is ignorant, stupid, and without compassion and detachment from this material world.
     -- RBESRQ     
    True freedom (that which relates to no financial encumbrance and allows the freedom to pursue your own happiness) only arrives when we no longer contrive to survive. When we no longer feel threaten by religion, government, and the majority. Only then can ignorance and intolerance be put behind us. We have a long way to go and the ONLY road we must travel is called detachment. So, where do we start, definitely not by striking the first blow; we start by looking inward and striking the blow in our hearts and minds; clearing our thoughts from aggression, hate, and greed. "No man is free who is not master of himself" Epictetus
     -- RBESRQ     
     -- Justin, Elkland      
    Brilliant words from my favorite President. What you said Dave is exactly what I have been saying all along, serving tyranny is serving Satan.
     -- Anonymous     
    "No man is free who is not master of himself" Epictetus -- RBESRQ I like that quote very much. It is when we keep wanting and cannot find wholeness in ourselves that we become a slave to meeting that need and risk our freedom. Needs are another thing, being essential to survival. Does not our interdependence to meet our needs in some ways threaten our freedom every day?
     -- Judith, Corrales     
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