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Thursday, October 30, 2008

A timely quote

From The Patriot Post:

Founders' Quote Daily
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it."
-- Thomas Paine (The Crisis, no. 4, 11 September 1777)
The Marine Corps motto is "Freedom isn't Free". Neither is it easy. As Jefferson said "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
Two words in the Founders Quote Daily for today stood out: "fatigues" and "men". Obviously Thomas Paine lived in the time before metrosexuals and whiny girly lefty men who stay married to Code Pink women. Paine is clear, speaking to us from 231 years ago: freedom is a burden. It does however bear fruit that must be labored for. As Walter E. Williams says "The government can not create anything without first destroying something else first. It can not give anything without taking it from someone else, the rightful owner."
Those who refuse to "undergo the fatigues" of freedom and the labors of freedom are neither men nor are they respectable. They are thieves. As Frederic Bastiat says in "The Law": the government plunders. Call it "legal" plunder, but it is plunder none-the-less.
As I think of the proverb of the grasshopper and the ant and its modern version (believe it or not, there is an Indian version ), it's no wonder grasshoppers were and are considered a plague. They eat all and produce nothing.
I'm seeing the left as a plague.


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