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April 5, 2006

Herewith, a few thoughts as we take a rest from the ordinary cares of the day. Hope you enjoy them.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) Speech on Conciliation with America 3-22-1775: Freedom and not servitude is the cure for anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy for superstition.

Adlai Stevenson - My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Remarks at the 90th anniversary of Vanderbilt U. 3-18-63: Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always vain.

Communish - Socialism with a gun to make you take it.

Lord's Action comment on the French Revolution - The finest opportunity ever given to the world was thrown away because the passion for equality made vain the hope for freedom.

Douglas Wilder, Va. Gov. - Freedom is nowhere to be found when the people are overtaxed and overregulated.

William Pitt (1759-1806) Necessity is the plea of ever infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents - When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Sen. Richard Lugar (E-Ind.) America's is a national fabric strong enough to make the abstract ideal of freedom work in a world in which liberty is still the exception in practice. This fabric has depended upon the sacrifice of many brave patriots. But we will understand the death of patriots only if we know and revere patriotism.

Rep. Fisher Ames (1795) A monarchy is a merchantman which sails well, but will sometime strike a rock, and go to the bottom; a republic is a raft which will never sink, but then your feet are always in the water.

Daniel Webster - The contest of the ages had been to rescue liberty from the grasp of execution power.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Ltr. to H.L. Pierce et el 4-6-1859 - This is a world of compensation; And he who would be no slave must have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.

George Washington (Valley Forge 9-1780) - Even if the rest of the world continues to ignore our cause, we will fight on, for we are fighters not only for ourselves, but also for all mankind. We are fighting for freedom and human dignity and the right to worship the God of our choice. Our forefathers insured our freedom but left it to us to keep up the policy.

Jeane M, Kirkpatrick, US Amb to UN - To be strong is a prerequisite to being free.

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) Autobiography, p. 176 - The first of earthly blessings, independence.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) And that is called paying the Dane-geld: But we've proved it again and again, that if once you have paid the Dane-geld you never get rid of the Dane.