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Frederick Douglass, George Mason, Walter Lippmann


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"He who would be free must strike the first blow."

-- Frederick Douglass

[Frederick Baily] (1818-1895), escaped slave, Abolitionist, author, editor of the North Star and later the New National Era




"Government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit and security of the people, nation or community; whenever any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, indefeasible right, to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public Weal."

-- George Mason

(1725-1792), drafted the Virgina Declaration of Rights, ally of James Madison and George Washington




"A regime, an established order, is rarely overthrown by a revolutionary movement; usually a regime collapses of its own weakness and corruption and then a revolutionary movement enters among the ruins and takes over the powers that have become vacant."

-- Walter Lippmann

(1889-1974) American writer, journalist, and political commentator


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