"Blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a halter intimidate. For, under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men."
Josiah Quincy, Jr.
(1744–1775), attorney, "the Patriot", essayist, son of Josiah Quincy I
Observations on the Boston Port Bill, 1774
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A once land of the free and home of the brave's sentiment. It reminds me of George Washington's; "The Thing that sets the American Christian apart from all other people in the world is he will die on his feet before Hell live on his knees." Both Quincy's and Washington's statements here are accurate descriptions and understandings of my mind and heart. Amerikans today, with their occupying statist theocracy, would rather prostrate themselves before their carnal gods and masters / government than stand as free men. How is it Amerikans will die in the name of their carnal god's interests, bringing a malignant and debilitating democracy to others then, do nothing to support freedom and liberty at home?
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Anonymous, 75165      
    It's a sure bet that mister Quincy lived before 1913 when we got the 16th amendment and the Federal Reserve. Or possibly before A. Lincoln declared war on the South in order to centralize all government power in Washington DC.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    Sounds exactly like Jihad.
     -- Guest     
    Everyone has a right to defend themselves against tyrants. This is the creed of the freedom-fighter.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Guest, by your statement, you equate all gods to be the same. That is a false assertion. Do you believe, that which is now titled Jihad, is a fight for freedom and liberty ? Current Jihad is not pursuing freedom or liberty, it is a blood lust for religious dominance and an excuse for rape, murder and otherwise satisfaction of a most base of carnal criminality. It is biblically defined freedom and liberty that brought about 3 separate branches of government and a representative republic system that rejected socialism, democracy, a monarchy,compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity and a body politic that could create law while denying inalienable rights.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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