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Old 07-07-2020, 11:46 AM
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti Quote

“Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”
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Old 07-07-2020, 02:02 PM
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Thanks Glen. That writing sums up exactly the Black Lives Matter and Antifa, et al movements and the media and politicians who are following their lead like blind sheep.

"Pity the nation that raises not its voice, except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero."

I have seen a bunch in my 70 years, but nothing close to this, and it is scaring the crap out of me.
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Old 07-07-2020, 02:13 PM
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With all that is going on lately, I keep thinking of this Ronald Reagan quote. I think some people just assume that things will always be the way they are, things can change and deteriorate very quickly.

https://www.reaganlibrary.gov/resear...ches/01051967a:

Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative.Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.

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Old 07-07-2020, 04:00 PM
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Lawrence is not a person who I put great stock into his political views, but I do agree with this line:

Originally Posted by Glen Clark View Post
oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
I like to think of it in terms of the Bill of Rights promised by the Constitution. Every generation has to fight for the preservation of those rights.
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