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Why is liberty so difficult and expensive to maintain?

Knowing that the right to vote has been such a hard-fought entitlement., why do so few Americans participate in elections? What rights, if any, should non-citizens be entitled to in America? What about people who are here illegally?

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Why is liberty so difficult and expensive to maintain?

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Liberty is very difficult and expensive to maintain because it is precious. Anything precious and rare is costly to protect. Think of rubies or diamonds. Do you think those things are difficult and expensive to maintain -- or better, to protect? Absolutely. If a hunk of rock is difficult and expensive to protect, then how much more is liberty. This is the essence of my understanding. Precious little is of greater value than liberty because upon it hang so many other important freedoms and issues of life. According to the Declaration of Independence, man is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are the top three: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (private ownership of property). These were the great three freedoms enumerated by the founding fathers of America. The great American experiment was founded on the idea of liberty. Men paid for it with their blood. In fact, most of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were hunted down like dirty dogs and killed by the British or else left to die in absolute poverty. But they never gave into shame. They would have none of that, for they believed in their cause. Remember Thomas Paine's, "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."

True liberty is the bulwark against oppression. It is our safety against every sort of governmental offense against the people. It protects us against totalitarian dictatorships and against the abuse and anarchy of mob democracy.

But there's a problem here, or perhaps, better put -- there's a challenge. People must be perpetually ...

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Opinions about government and voting are included.

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