"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
by:
William Pitt
(1708-1778) 1st Earl of Chatham, English Statesman, Orator
Source:
Speech, House of Commons, 18 November 1783
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Our government (tyrants) claim the Patriot Act is a "necessity", and ordinary Americans will accept their slavery. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Write to your legislators and ask them to vote against the Patriot Act, or your freedom in this country is screwed.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Right-on Pitt - when will Americans see through this Gobels stuff. If you sit on the couch to long it will Gobel you up...
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
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     -- Mike, Mount Holly, NC      
    Remember, it was the necessity plea that justified slavery, the holocaust, the internment of the Japanese, the 'patriot' act, and the establishment of Guantanamo. 1783 ... 2006 and nothing's changed. At least we now have an honest definition of the word 'patriot'.
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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    Ditto
     -- Dick Trice, Fort Worth     
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    seems this credo has been uttered today by our government. tyrants beware ~ your end is coming
     -- dragonswizardz     
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    Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
     -- David, South Bend, IN     
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    I think you have more to fear from the radical left, particularly the "environmental" movement. They will tell you it's not "necessary" to own that big house or big car or truck. Under the guise of protection of the enviornment they will take away your property, and your lifestyle, because they decide you don't need all that. The Patriot Act is just a boogie man that the leftists scream about to blind you off their real plans.
     -- Ivan, Indianapolis     
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    "Bush says government role essential to ease crisis " AP headline Sept. 19, 2008 Necessity... the plea of tyrants, the creed of slaves.
     -- Edie, Corpus Christi     
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    A good summation of the problem, very accurate in its application.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    the leadership for sure....
     -- Kimo, USA     
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    Tyrants always say that they are doing it for our own good.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -C. S. Lewis English essayist (1898 - 1963)
     -- Byron, Fort Collins     
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    Sadly, every time there's any kind of a problem within the community / nation, far too many people are saying the Government needs to "do something". Guess what folks, the government is usually the cause of whatever problem we are having so why would we trust them to fix the problems they've created? What the Government needs to do...is back the hell off!
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    We live in times of moral cowards, unwilling to look full on into the train wreck about to happen to them. If they would only look, they would realize that safety is as simple as ackowledging the train and driving their parked car off the tracks.
     -- Laura, Taylor, Texas     
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    Very Good !
     -- George Thomas Jr, Hampton, Va.     
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    Ivan is right in his assessment of the environmental movement.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Cities, counties and states are now trying to nullify NDAA in their areas. Go to www.tenthamendmentcenter.com. CA has a bill that just passed a senate committee and is moving along...San Francisco has already passed a bill...it is not impossible to take back the states...
     -- abby     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV44uHlXnx8&feature=share&list=UUaGoVAB64Ojh3JU_VPis8ig
     -- abby     
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    Amen.
     -- Matthew, Peoples' Republik of Kalifornia     
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    Everyone agrees -- except when your own party is declaring the emergency. I think it is odd that Republicans now complain about Obama's renewal of the Patriot Act -- when Bush did it, it was fine. And now of course, no Democrats want to stop renewing the Patriot Act. Collectivism is the real enemy to Liberty.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    ... and it keeps grocers in business !
     -- Bobble, No. Ferrisburgh, VT     
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    A little socialism injected over a period of time, playing upon the heart strings of a few bleeding hearts, entangled with a single family unit or individual, usually in the oppressive reach of manipulation and conditioning. When at odds with the tyrant of temptation, less is more. When at war with tyranny, knowledge is empowering, bolstering, Simple Natural laws of subsistence living, held in Great Regard by our Founding Fathers. Natural law always returns the individual to simple needs whether rich or poor. This yoke of necessity by way of nature, needs no extra burden. That is Why such a stance to support Independent Agrarian life styles, by way of our Declaration and Constitution vs Industrial revolutionizing of European socializing .
     -- Ronw13, Logsden     
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    I have this quote framed on the wall above my gun safe.
     -- Dave, Meriden, CT     
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