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To: Noumenon
We're on the verge of throwing our own civilization away. This is one of history's great watershed moments.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
-Ronald Reagan 40th president of US (1911 - 2004)

Indeed.

7 posted on 10/28/2004 11:02:17 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the Trackball into the Dawn of Information...)
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To: backhoe

Some of us - no - a lot of us Get It. Will it be enough, in this time and in this place? We're going to find out and soon. War is coming, and not just from the Islamofascist front.


8 posted on 10/28/2004 11:05:10 AM PDT by Noumenon (The Left's dedication to the destruction of a free society makes them unfit to live in that society.)
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To: backhoe
Hell, my good (85-year-old) friend tells me that I will never know what it was like to be free in America. I believe him.

He has told me how he and all his friends used to take shotguns and .22s to school every day and lean them up in a corner so they could hunt something for supper after school.

He walked all the way from Florida to NY and slept under bridges, etc. just to get a job. Never had to show ID and never got rousted for vagrancy.

...and many more eye-openers.

15 posted on 10/28/2004 1:20:52 PM PDT by snopercod (Inflation, it's how wars are paid for.)
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To: backhoe
This is another great perspective:

The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex order and freedom can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without and multiplying from within.
--Will Durant, The Story of Civilization

Sooner or later, and for the sake of our civilization, we are going to have to deal with our domestic enemies.

23 posted on 10/28/2004 9:54:27 PM PDT by Noumenon (The Left's dedication to the destruction of a free society makes them unfit to live in that society.)
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