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Marlon Jones

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"...but I'll defend to the death your right to say it… Really?"

Voltaire once said “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it” Would I? Really? While maybe not dead, civility is definitely paralyzed in our country, in our communities, and in our homes. At what point did it become easier to antagonize, patronize, and vilify the “other” instead of conducting a reasoned discussion about the perplexing issues that surround us? Well into the machinations of the most recent elections it was being reported by various media sources that Americans were more divided than during any other time in history. There is simply something that does not sound quite right about that statement. Is it possible to have an honest and reasoned discussion? Is it possible to objectively consider an opposing point of view? Do we even agree on what the problems are? Disagreements are inevitable but being disagreeable is not. What do you think?

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  • Nov 20 2012: liberty or death::: "the us constitution is the paper that keeps us. it is the basis of freedom. with out it we would not be free. it pains me to see these values being laid to waist. please people learn this and all the rights given you. freedom or death was the feeling behind its formation. our civil liberties are being stripped away everyday and we do nothing sit back light up go back to sleep never put a fight up. the government works for us not for them like it is these days. the more we roll over the more we loose...
    definition of a patriot : A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors .detractive - causing to decrease in importance or value; "detractive influences on the volume of investment"
    decreasing - becoming less or smaller, The act of detracting or taking away.
    ( my proclamation )
    we the people of these united states in order to reinstate the sanctity and just and free rights of the commonwealth on all those with in and for future members, do at this time ask for the resignation to at with is to cease and desist of any governmental office chair holder not looking out for the amendments established by the founders of the United States of America, but to fit there wants, greed or vested interest. to relinquish there chair to someone willing to stand by such values as life liberty and pursuit of Happiness. ( by Todd Levesque )

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