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What price is liberty?

It makes one think; yes, it does.

In 1787, Scottish historian Alexander Tyler write: "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy."

Could the word "Republic" be substituted for the term "Democracy?"

Recently, we have been witness to the financial woes besetting Greece. Currently, protests and street fighting have been taking place in France over social concerns. Will we, in the U.S., behave differently? Could even we be sliding toward socialism? My prayer is that this will not occur. This country has been such a shining light in the world.

What price is liberty?

It makes one think. Yes, it does.

Mary E. Larsen

Park Rapids