Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom…

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine, 1777

I just read this for the first time and felt I needed to share it. In today’s world Paine’s quote could be warped or distorted into justification for the war in Iraq. But his timing was the revolutionary era, place it with another famous quote often attributed to Ben Franklin and I believe you’ll understand the true tone of the time.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety”

One thought on “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom…

  1. Old post, just read it. Actually, you are the one taking Paine’s quote out of context and warping the original meaning He said it following a Revolutionary War battle (the Battle of Brandywine) in which American forces under Washington suffered a defeat.

    His entire quote was, “”Those who expect to reap the blessings of Freedom, must undergo the fatigue of supporting it. The event of yesterday is one of those kind of alarms, which is just sufficient to rouse us to duty, without being of consequence enough to depress our fortitude. It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequence will be the same.”

    Sounds a little like Iraq to me!

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