Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
Wow, you've turned Franklin on his head there a bit, haven't you?
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
I love when people use this quote. It demonstrates that the Founding Fathers didn't really believe what you think they did.
Hey Ben, would you like to explain how state constitutions requiring the service of able-bodied men during times of war isn't giving up essential liberty to obtain temporary safety? How about why the framers of the Constitution explicitly spelled out Congress' power to tax, making me give up my right to property, for whatever benefits I'm supposed to be getting, not the least of which is the safety provided to me by the armed forces?
Or maybe, just maybe
...does it mean that this nation was founded on compromise, and the blind adherence to the letter of the Constitution is just as much of a detriment to the country as disregarding it entirely?