"For all men being originally equals,
no one by birth could have a right
to set up his own family in perpetual preference
to all others for ever."
Thomas Paine
(1737-1809) US Founding father, pamphleteer, author
Common Sense, February 14, 1776
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hmmm, not according to the Federal Reserve's Board.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Jony Powers, Austin      
    The bankers who get all money first for nothing see all others as their "common herd" (their quote) to be indoctrinated, intimidated, regulated, chlorinated, fluoridated, interrogated, incarcerated, perforated (bullets) intoxicated, alienated, vaccinated and decimated as they deem necessary.
     -- Dave, St. Louis     
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     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
    If indivdual rights were put back in their place of importance i.e. the hearts and souls of every living being and from there expanded once again into the law of the land where every man must respect the rights of another or pay the penalty for not doing so, man will be overwhelmed by the power he possesses once again. Today, freedom depends on what rights you are granted by government and by how much you are allowed to keep of your labor.
     -- Anon     
    Great Observations all. Funny my first thought was the Rothschilds, Rockefeller's et al. Yep it's us against the Bankers. The White House is pretty much irrelevant once you understand who the real enemy is.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    J Carlton, I would be for getting rid of trust funds for decendents. They provide for spoiled brats like Ted Kennedy. I'm for inheiritance, but the one who inheirs should have full control so if he wastes it-so be it.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    Our Heavenly Father knows each one of us even before we are born. He knows every hair on our head. He gave each of us life, therefore I am free. Only God can give us rights. Only God can give us freedom. Therefore if I am not free, it is because Man HAS TAKEN MY FREEDOM. Thomas Paine knew it and I know it.
     -- Carol, Brooklet, GA     
    Nice sounding words but totally abused in the world of today - by the way God's son did. The American people gave up their power many years ago to the likes of religion and Sams club.
     -- RBESRQ     
    So much for kings, nobility, dynasty and I would assume this quote if accepted as truth and law knocks the hell out of the idea of inheritance. Its words seem to say that every one is or of a right ought to be equal at birth and upon their parents or grandparents death. That is each person should make his own place in the world, Mom and Dad can train you but should not set you up. We are far from that in this country with monstrous inheritances. This qoute embodys the egalitarian spirt of 1776.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Mike gives it 5 stars but it would appear to knock the hell out of his oft repeated idea of "allodial property" or "allodium" as he calls it.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    This is not about individual property ownership, Waffler. It is about the so called "divine right of Kings" to tell others what they must do with their property.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Waffler, only a statist theocracy's lackey could so screwup the quotes meaning as you have. Allodial property, getting set up by Mom and Dad, inheritance, etc. have absolutely nothing to do with each and every, and all's being equal before the law, the individual's inalienable rights, or life's inherent freedom, liberty, and justice. Perpetual family preference is but one of the unjust immoralities the Declaration and Constitution addressed. Each individual assumes among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, . . . We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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