From the Meetup: Not everyone wants to be free
The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independant 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -- Thomas Jefferson
“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
UPDATE: what is a post about the price of freedom without a badass MANOWAR song on the subject?
UPDATE 2: Stephanie has her own thoughts on the subject, go read them here or here. Her take is very well written, I highly recommend it- even if she did link to a rap video in there. I was quite amused by this and responded by threatening to include a link to a death metal video the next time I refer to her work.
Jokes aside- Time Of Calamity and Ready To Be Caught are now consolidated under a single blog due to time constraints, so if you want to check out more of her writing, it comes with the Official Didact Seal of Approval: