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"It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag." – Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, Sergeant, USMC

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.
~Thomas Paine, The Crisis December 23, 1776

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your council, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget ye were our countrymen."

"A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue."
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

"I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor bastard die for his"
-- General George S. Patton, June 1944

“"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man and brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
— Mark Twain

"I don't need Harry Belafonte telling me what it means to be black."
Condi Rice (10/21/02)

~ We exercise power without conquest, and we sacrifice for the liberty of strangers.
G.W. Bush 1/28/03

"Peace is more than just the absence of war. True peace is justice. True peace is freedom."
-- Ronald Reagan