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Originally posted by SantaClaus
Listen I don't want to insight any kind of negativity on such a great thread, but there is an enormous amount of hypocrisy being practiced here.
You can't call our founding fathers the epitome of personal, religious, and political freedom when they were prominent slavers their entire existence. The founding of all American "freedom" was cut from Native American flesh, and then ridden on the backs of kidnapped Africans. When you totally take the freedom from all else around you, I bet you'd feel pretty free yourself.
That's just Jefferson and Franklin. I saw Reagan being quoted as well. Yes, Reagan, who committed high treason against his own country using drugs that HE criminalized and deaths of hundreds, if not many thousands.
Its the aristocracy who has ALWAYS been free. Its easy to be "free" when you control everything.
I would argue that mankind hasn't been "free" since before language was invented tens of thousands of years ago.
Originally posted by pyrodude
"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost
forever." President John Adams
"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him."
Booker T. Washington
"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”
"Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong."
Originally posted by James1982
One thing very few people understand, or believe, is that living in a completely free country means you are NOT guaranteed safety.
People talk about the cost of freedom being military conflicts, or money, it's neither of those things.
The TRUE cost of freedom for the average citizen, is to live with less security. To loose your life as a victim in a terrorist attack is a cost of freedom, if the cost of preventing that attack was less freedom. That is a cost I would gladly pay. I'd much rather die in a terrorist attack, than live with the current constitution haters ruling the country.
Most people have no idea what freedom means. They are cowards. They are sheep. They are babies that want to be taken care of. They refuse to stand up and live with that fact that it's their responsibility in a free society to not give into their fears and allow others to trample their freedom because of it. "OH I'm so scared of some Arabs bombing my city! Here, take my freedoms and make me safe!" People like this need to sit down, shut up, and occupy their time by sucking their thumbs because they have proven they are not useful for anything else.