"The essence of a free life is being able
to choose the style of living you prefer
free from exclusion and without the compulsion
of conformity or law."
Eleanor Holmes Norton
(1937- ) Congressional Delegate from the District of Columbia
Address, Barnard College, 6 June 1972
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Unfortunately, new laws crop up daily to coerce us into conformity, reducing our freedom.
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    She's right! God knows - being an oddball all my life, I should know!
     -- Sarah, Michigan     
    All are equal before natural law. Legal positivism, more often than not chooses one's style of living, creates ethnic, economic, medical and legal exclusion, compels compliance and conformity to the occupying statist theocracy's de facto tyranny. The check list approach of the quote is a good start.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Yes, for her constituents to live "free" at the expense of others. The large population of Welfarians that she represents know that she believes they do not have to conform to the old school social norms of having a job, providing for yourself and any offspring that you produce. Let the producers who finance the lifestyles of the "Disabilitied", the "Workman Comped" the "Unemployment Compensated"
    in short the Welfarian class that now comprises a huge voting bloc - let the producers not pay their taxes and you'll find out quick enough that this woman is one of the more egregious hypocrites strutting around the planet.
     -- H Rearden, Burr Ridge IL     
    To b free is all there is, period. Ask God.
     -- Ms. Christian, Wethersfield     
    Proud to be a Libertarian.
     -- jim k, austin tx     
    H Rearden, great points. I'm sure my derived meaning from the face value of the quote is far different than the author's underlying understanding or intent (Sort of like the Patriot Act, it sounds good until you know what was really meant)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Socialism is a heavy burden. At face value, it is deceiving. Freedom to live with out conscience, is her undertone. They belly up to the bar, where the honey is served. At one point, say thirty years ago, one might have thought, the nation was going to turn away from the welfare state. But we see now it was to set the stage for a larger group.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
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