"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom
must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
by:
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
Source:
Common Sense, February 14, 1776
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Freedom is never free.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
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    How very true!
     -- John-Douglas, Nassau     
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    Excellent post!! And so VERY TRUE!!!
     -- heather, minneapolis     
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    I truly know how he thinks of Independence!
     -- Abby, Sterling     
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    Couldn't have said it better myself.
     -- JoW, Utah     
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    We hold this truth to be self evident. - ABSOLUTELY ! ! !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    At least we can pay taxes.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    The tenets of freedom must be taught from a very young age in order to be ingrained.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Amazing, that the though processes that those patriouts had so long ago have become so muddled today.
     -- Richard, Syracuse     
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    True, but the labors of a few have always protected the freedoms of the many. And the many continue expecting libery when they deserve serfdom.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
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    Waffler, why would you desecrate the quote with the mention of taxes?
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    Great quote. I love Thomas Paine in History. "The fatigue" today, though, is different from the "the fatigue" of that time. The Founding Fathers made sure to set up a system that allows Americans to preserve the Freedom for which they paid a higher price.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
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    Tho tired, the fight will continue until death.
     -- aa, hb     
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     -- Anonymous      
    I've heard it said, "Oh, to have men like Thomas Paine today!" While we (with one possible exception) have none in government, rest assured that they exist. Never give in to the Elijah syndrome" and think they are gone. The problem, so far, is "How could they ever find each other in sufficient numbers to effect a positive affect?" I don't know the answer, but I do know that throughout history, no matter how dire the circumstances became, the tyrants, with the Creator's intervention, have always come to dismal failure. This time around, I do believe the "people" are too ignorant to prevent the New World Order's establishment. It will only last but a few years. Probably seven at most, then, as always, the curtain will fall and "break it to pieces." You can't control the masses, but you CAN stay unmoved yourself. It won't be easy. But, then, it never has been. For the few that survive, the peace without their stench will be sweet, indeed.
     -- Luigi, Fort Worth     
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    Freedom actually is free. Tyranny is not cheap
     -- Anonymous     
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