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Archer...You are correct that Freedom does require a great deal of responsibility. All of the things that you have listed that we must liberate ourselves from are indeed fights that we must win to continue in liberty. But in doing so, we are not claiming liberty from someone else or from government; we are defending the freedom that was first given to us by God and at times lost by man. We do not have to learn how to be free, we have to learn how to keep freedom. We must learn how liberty has been lost throughout history, what methods and measures have been taken to defend it, and what threatens it today. Each of us are free until we decide for ourselves that we are not, until we make the decision to bow to tyranny rather than stand for the rights we were endowed with. We are all free, standing on our own two feet until we decide to live on our knees. And we have the freedom to make either choice.

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I agree with Jefferson that there should be a library in every county, but like Anonymous from Raleigh, I have certain drawbacks to the "well-chosen books" part. I also agree with Archer that anything chosen by Jefferson would be a benefit to any reader. The problem is that Jefferson wouldn't be choosing today, Obama and Pelosi would be and God only knows who would be choosing tomorrow.

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We are all born as free thinkers. We make our own decisions. At times we must decide between obedience or resistance; to do what you are told or do what you know is right. The very act of making either choice is an act of liberty. If you make the wrong choice, it will be your final one. Liberty is not something that can be denied or taken away by a powerful and victorious aggressor; it can only be lost, given up, by a cowardice and ignorant people.

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Anon from Grenada...The very ability to make a choice between the current subjectives or replacing them with your own is the very act of freedom. Every living person has this freedom. We can all choose to reveal what we believe our rights are and defend them or stand idle and allow those rights to only exist in our fantasies. This decision does not come without consequences, millions that have chosen to defend their freedom have payed the ultimate price doing so. But every one of them died free, refusing to walk the line drawn by a few "intellectual elites".

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Homeschooling can be a powerful tool for educating your children. However, you must make every effort to ensure that they have adequate time with peers of their age so that they do not become social outcasts. They must also be exposed to authority figures other than their parents so that they may learn for themselves how to judge whether the autority should be followed or disobeyed. Some homeschool children only obey their parents, others obey everyone. I've seen it many times and I'm still not sure which is worse. You can indeed teach your children everything they need to know from the textbooks at home, but there are some things that they must learn from their own experiences, by themselves, outside of the home. In most cases, it is better for them to learn these lessons while they are young in a public school setting than when they are older and the stakes are much higher.

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The Federal Department of Education should be completely and ultimately disolved. Education in this country has been going down hill ever since the invention of the DOE. Schools should be operated by local communities and overseen by the individual state in which it resides. Instead of having all of our eggs in one basket, one federal supreme scheme, we would have 50 different programs from 50 different states. They would be able to collaborate, expand and improve on each others ideas and learn from each others mistakes. The chances of finding the most superior means of education would increase exponentially and the citizens would have greater control of the education of their own children.

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This is the most romantic idea of education ever written. This educational goal would produce not indoctrinated followers but free thinking leaders that always aspire to learn more and improve further. Such a society could overcome any obstacle, the sky is truly the limit. To produce a learning people - lifetime students - should be the ultimate goal of any educational system, anywhere in the world.

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We ARE born free with inalienable rights endowed by the Almighty God Himself. We are at first ignorant of the designs and mechanisms used by man to enslave others. We must learn not how to become free but how to keep freedom, how to throw off the yoke and break the chains of oppressive and overbearing measures set by our peers and passed down from the previous generation. Examing, ordering, classifying, defining, and distinguishing in the most minute particulars are the actions of a despotic and tyrannical government not the work of a representative republic of free people.

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"Wisdom begins with the fear of God."

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We must remember that complete liberty is not inherited. Liberty is always only one generation from extinction; it does not unconditionally flow through our veins. If we wish to preserve freedom for ourselves we must pay the price that it requires. Only then can we pass the torch of freedom to our children. It is then their responsibility to keep it burning. Whatever society emerges in this land, it will receive the government that it deserves. If it accepts its responsibility and does its duty, it will earn freedom; if not, it will be punished with tyranny and oppression. John Adams once said that once liberty is completely lost, it can never be regained. I hope that he is wrong and I pray that we never have to find out.

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Very true! Never argue with a fool. He'll bring you down to his level, then beat you with experience.

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Yes, example is the best media of learning. So should we follow the example set forth by Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin or the one by Marx, Lenin, and Stalin. The capitalist economy that created the most prosperous civilization known to mankind or the socialist one that lies in the ash pile of history.

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Waffler...You are correct in that people should obey the law. But - an unjust law is no law at all. That is why the founders gave us jury nullification. Thats what Jefferson meant when he said that a jury should judge not only the suspected criminal but also the law he is accused of violating.

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"Socialism is a political and economic system in which all wealth and production is owned, controlled, and regulated by the state." This is a totalitarian principle in which the state will at the very least appear to redistribute the wealth equally throughout its constituents. Redistribution means TAKING from some and giving to others. Is it morally right to take the product of one man's hard work and give it to another. This is theft, plain and simple. Is that what America is becoming? A nation of thieves so lazy that we get the government to do our stealing for us? Is that what our veterans have fought for and our heroes died for? What happens when everyone catches on and decides to take the free ride of government assistance? Production will slow down and the state will run out of people to steal from. That's when the giving will stop and brutal force will begin.

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Waffler...You have said here,"Parents who might refuse to teach their chldren should be denied their children...". Parents who refuse to teach their children what? Who decides what the parent is supposed to teach, what material is to be covered? You have mentioned something about the parents assembled. Well, who assembles them? How large is this assembly or this community, a town? a county? a state? or the entire country? What is it that makes the individual parent so wrong and this assembly so right? And most importantly, what right does any other parent have over the education of my children? What makes them more worthy of choosing what I should teach to my children?

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This is not education. Its indoctrination disguised as education. It has forever been the greatest tool of tyrants. Throughout history they have used it to oppress their people and aggrandize themselves. It is most shocking that people like those in the soviet union were so foolish to allow their children to be trained in the art of servitude. And it is alarming that We are following in their footsteps. I ask you, "Who is the most foolish, the fool, or the one who follows?" Are We the People of America so foolish that we actually believe we can achieve better results by following the same path that has led others to slavery? Things need to change in this country starting with education. We must take the power over the classroom from the federal government and give it back to the teachers, the schools, the districts, and the states.

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There you have it liberals, the poster-child of evil advocating the same economical system you wish to force upon the American People. You have forgotten the principles this nation was founded on, and you have become completely ignorant of the true cause of liberty and the meaning of justice. You should be ashamed of yourselves, just as I am to call you my fellow countrymen.

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RBE...Why would you trust the government to completely control the entire economy under the system of socialism when, right now, it can't even balance its own checkbook? Why would you advocate expanding the government when it can't even maintain itself at the size it is today without incurring unsustainable debts? Many of those in power, through corruption and waste, have skillfuly and unlawfully squandered our own fortunes and gained riches for themselves at the expense of their constituents. The solution is not to give them the complete control of socialism, for they are common men and women that can make honest mistakes and can even be corrupted. They, like anyone else, cannot be trusted with such immense power.

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A socialist is someone who reads Marx and Lenin, and hangs their hopes on empty promises. A capitalist is someone who trully understands Marx and Lenin, and gets as far from this "sharing of misery" as possible.

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Popeye...How are we not there yet? These "shadow persons", Blacks, Indians, Women and the propertyless can all vote, can all serve as officials in every state government and the federal government. In fact there is a black man currently serving in the highest office in the land; who by the way, won the popular vote. So the majority of citizens in this country believe that all men are created equal. Find me a single right in the Federal or any State Constitution that a white man has and a black, indian, woman, or propertyless person doesn't.

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Yes, government is but a necessary evil so why is it that many wish to make it larger and more powerful? Why do socialists trust that this "necessary evil" can control the economy better than We the People? This government can't even balance its own checkbook so I'm damn sure not going to trust it with mine!

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Keep going Ron. "You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men." 1Corin 7:23

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A regulated economy is just that, REGULATED. Its not freedom, there is no liberty within it. The government through regulations, taxes, welfare, stimuluses for the purchase of some products and penalties for the purchase of others; controls the flow of money. Its common sense that whoever controls the money, controls the house and everyone in it. This control over the economy is what aggrandized the power of men (if that is what you want to call them) like hitler, stalin, castro, saddam and the rest of the evil faces in the ash pile of history. They took their throne of power with either force or false promises of economic prosperity; they kept them by controlling the money, strengthening the force and limiting the prosperity. Are we the American People so dumb that we do not recognize this tragic pattern of history that will one day force us to beg the government for our daily bread? Or are we so lazy that we refuse to swim out of our own ignorance and accept the personal responsibility that both personal and social liberty require? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, than we are wholly unfit for the liberty that our Forefathers gave us, that our Veterans fought for, and our Heroes died for. Like all societies throughout the course of human events, we will get the government that we deserve.

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These are the first lines of Common Sense. Everyone should read the rest of it. Its a short read and well worth it.

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Travelingsprige...Thank you for your well educated response to a rather ignorant Popeye. And I especially thank you for your military service. I also have no knowledge of any section 11 in the U.S. Constitution. My copy has seven articles, none of them having any more than ten sections, followed by 27 amendments. No section 11 can be found outside of Popeye's imagination. Reagan did not give government any authority over religion, he did not try to make it a law to pray on this day, he merely gave his personal wishes that everyone would do so. He was hoping that We the People would pray for our new leader on the day he starts the job. No one, atheist or otherwise should have a problem with a single person within the borders of this nation praying that God blesses this country and its leader.

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