"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery."
by:
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
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Me too.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    From Jefferson to Obama, what a slide into the pits.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
    Khalil Gibran
     -- Fadua Mohana, Danbury     
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    George Washington clearly and truly lived by that statement.
     -- Mary - MI     
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    Our greatest president.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
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    HA! This from a slave-owner...
     -- Matthew, Peoples Republik of Kalifornia     
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    Matthew, half the planet's wealthy people had slaves at the time and it still goes on today. Can you not get your head around the FACT that slavery was an English legacy and that the Founders were moving away from it? Why don't you just come right out and trash ALL of the principles that the nation was founded upon and get it over with?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Who here prefers the dangerous freedom of living; non-compliant to compelled compliance, free without license, without modifying actions due to victimless crimes, a life without paying larceny demands or with inalienable rights intact, over slavery ? ? ?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    No peace without Liberty.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Matthew wouldn't be aware that Jefferson tried to have slavery outlawed in our original constitution.

    I expect Matthew would want the Jefferson Memorial removed. Washington Monument also since Washington had slaves and then rename the nations capitol. What a simple minded response from him.
     -- J. Allen, Arlington, Va     
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    Jefferson inherited his slaves and they were already used as collateral and could not be freed without the debts being paid off.  Had his entry in the Declaration of Independence been accepted by the Southern states, slavery would have been abolished, and Jefferson's slaves would have been freed.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Slavery is the number one racket in the world, far from being abolished, the conditions are merely improved in the 'civilized' nations.  Most demand their servitude/security.  Those that demand Liberty are called selfish and are bound even tighter as an example.  Self-sufficient, productive, and cooperative people are a threat to victim-consciousness (i.e. slave-consciousness).  Apparently people who wish to live free are 'radicals' — that's what they tell us on the boob tube.  I'm not sure how wanting to live up to the ideals of America is considered so dangerous by the oppressed masses, but here we are...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Ronw13, OR      
    This is not even from T. Jefferson. This quote is said by some polish Duke, which was translated to English later.

    "Under such a constitution above all, the citizen should arm himself with strength and constancy, and say, every day of his life, what a virtuous Count Palatine said in the Diet of Poland: Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium."
    / Rousseau, Du Contrat Social (Chapter IV. Democracy)
     -- C.R.Savetier     
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