"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom
must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
Common Sense, February 14, 1776
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Freedom is never free.
 -- E Archer, NYC     
    How very true!
     -- John-Douglas, Nassau     
    Excellent post!! And so VERY TRUE!!!
     -- heather, minneapolis     
    I truly know how he thinks of Independence!
     -- Abby, Sterling     
    Couldn't have said it better myself.
     -- JoW, Utah     
    We hold this truth to be self evident. - ABSOLUTELY ! ! !
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    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     
    Amazing, that the though processes that those patriouts had so long ago have become so muddled today.
     -- Richard, Syracuse     
    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     
    Tho tired, the fight will continue until death.
     -- aa, hb     
     -- 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     
    Freedom actually is free. Tyranny is not cheap
     -- Anonymous     
    Waffler, an up front question: How does participating under duress in the slavery of the 2nd plank of the communist manifesto undergo the fatigue of supporting liberty? Is it not obvious, even to a tax collector such as your self, that freedom is owning the fruits of your own labor vs. the god/government owning the fruits of your labor?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Mary, MI      
    Christ, our Lord and Saviour died to "make" men free, was buried and rose again from the dead. Let us fight to keep men free ! Let us not deny our Lord and Saviour among men. Salvation is free through the finished work of Christ, The liberty ( all 3 ) in this life which Christ provides comes with the responsibility and freedom to defend it, for we are not ashamed.  
     -- Ronw13, OR     
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