The people of New Hampshire and the other 12 colonies really understood how precious liberty is and the price that must be paid to have and keep it. Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death,” while Benjamin Franklin insightfully spoke, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Eighty-seven years later, during the Civil War, abolitionist Wendell Phillips said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty.” And Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address points out that our nation was conceived in liberty and we were being tested whether a nation so conceived could long endure.

We are once again facing the loss of liberty in this country. Most people have now grown up in a culture of government handouts and don’t realize what has happened and what is about to happen. We are blissfully ignorant and keep voting in the same people who have no problem with stripping away liberty and using the taxpayers’ money to do it.

That is how they keep themselves in power. They steal our tax dollars and give us a token “piece of pork” and we mistakenly think it is a gift.

Thus, they get re-elected for being so generous.

I don’t recommend that the public take up arms and fight the government, but every citizen who loves liberty must make his wishes known to elected officials.

If they do not listen, simply write them out of office.

Brad Saunders, Hebron

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