"Americans find it intolerable that one constitutional right should have to be surrendered in order to assert another. America is the land of the free and home of the brave -- we don't need a Patriot Act, because we are already patriots. We know freedom means responsibility, but I am not sure Congress and its domestic enforcement agencies do. More often than not, new security measures enacted by the government have resulted in more violations of the citizenry than terrorists have ever done. The terrorists want us to be afraid -- well, we are not afraid. Stop wasting dollars on this program -- it is not good for America. To give up essential liberty for a little security provides neither. The right to be left alone from government intrusion is the beginning of all freedoms."
Eric Schaub
Individualist, activist, speaker, author
letter to Congress, December 15th, 2009
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We dont need no badges, we ARE Patriots, and we will protect our land in the end, or sooner, should the opportunity present itself. For the time being, the true American Patriot waits, listens, watches. In the year 2010, the month of November
 -- Kimo, Lahian     
    The problem is that parents are not teaching their children to be patriots nor are they teaching them true history of America or the World. Without this knowledge being taught and only indoctrination of the worst kind being forced on our children we will never have another chance to be the democracy and freedom that has been fought for by so many before us. Remember give us liberty or give us death? I am afraid that only the baby boomer generation, and not all of them, remember what our parents and grandparents fought so hard for. I hate to lose the very thing that made us great.
     -- Elaine, Atlanta     
     -- Anonymous      
    Great quote and the last line sums it up.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Eric. you need to write more letters like that - do it until they get it! Please run for President... Benjamin Franklin said the same thing...
     -- RBESRQ     
    Will Americans ever say, "ENOUGH!!"?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    He could not have said it any better.
     -- Anonymous     
    "Those who give up liberty for a temporal safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."--Ben Franklin-- The first object of government is justice. When a measure of security disregards individual liberty, it no longer falls within the realm of justice and becomes contrary to the means in which it was trusted to protect.
     -- Publius     
    hell yeah.
     -- John Pettitt, va     
    I ditto John's sentiment
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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