"He that would make his own liberty secure
must guard even his enemy from oppression;
for if he violates this duty
he establishes a precedent
that will reach to himself."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
First Principles of Government, 1795
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A timeless message, worthy of being repeated for our time... would make a good bumper sticker
 -- Donna, Albany, Calif.     
    Seems like this could be recently applied to Israel.
     -- Karen, Vancouver     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    Thomas Paine was simply great.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    With Liberty comes the duty to protect it not just for oneself but for everyone.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    All men are created equal, God's makes the sun to shine on the good and the bad. Even in protecting our enemies from oppression, especially within the once Free Republic. Such a great quote, so much could be said on behalf of commonsense, logical reasoning. We shine the light in the face of Liberty for all. ten stars +
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
    They came for everyone but me, then there was a knock on my door... View the TV series "The Tudors" and you will see the relentless force of oppression. Yes, ten stars...
    P.s read his "Common Sense"
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
     -- Warrdoc, Elk Grove,CA.      
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