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Please tell me what you all think this means( It is a great and dangerous error to suppose that all people are entitled to liberty. It is a reward to be earned, not a blessing to be gratuitously lavished on all alike:- a reward reserved for the intelligent, the patriotic, the virtuous and deserving;-and not a boon to be bestowed on a people to ignorant, degraded, and vicious, to be a capable either of appreciating or of enjoying it.

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Asked by Mommi2four2011 at 11:28 PM on May. 28, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • what is this a PASSAGE FROM

    Answer by letstalk747 at 11:33 PM on May. 28, 2011

  • Disquisition on Government by

    John C. Calhoun

    Comment by Mommi2four2011 (original poster) at 11:35 PM on May. 28, 2011

  • I think they are trying to say that liberty is not something to take for granted. That people fight hard for it, so it should be appreciated.

    I have to disagree that not everyone is entitled to it, though. IMO, just because one didn't fight for it doesn't mean they don't deserve it. They should still appreciate it, be thankful for, thank those that helped achieve it, etc, but everyone is entitled to liberty and freedom.

    Answer by hill_star03 at 11:46 PM on May. 28, 2011

  • It's a crock of shit. Freedom, in the governmental or country of origin sense, is bestowed. It is a given or it is not.

    Answer by adnilm at 10:52 AM on May. 30, 2011

  • it is rather pompous and judgemental and pro-slavery. he was from SC.

    Calhoun supported states' rights and nullification, under which states could declare null and void federal laws which they deemed to be unconstitutional. He was an outspoken proponent of the institution of slavery, which he famously defended as a "positive good" rather than as a "necessary evil".[2] His rhetorical defense of slavery was partially responsible for escalating Southern threats of secession in the face of mounting abolitionist sentiment in the North


    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:14 AM on May. 30, 2011

  • minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:15 AM on May. 30, 2011


    Minneapolis MN has a lake named Lake Calhoun and some want to change it due to John Calhoun's pro-slavery history!

    I think they should change it to Lake Humphrey ----for Hubert Humphrey,our good Senator from Minnesota.


    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:20 AM on May. 30, 2011

  • Liberty is a natural right thay can not be taken away or assigned to or enjoyed by only a few-

    Answer by Sisteract at 2:51 PM on May. 30, 2011

  • One man's opinion ~

    Answer by tasches at 9:36 PM on May. 30, 2011

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