The Price of Freedom and Democracy

I was listening to the Rush Limbaugh radio program yesterday and took particular note when he said, “if you put a limit on how much you will spend on freedom, you are going to lose it.” He was speaking in regards to the War in Iraq and those liberals and democrats constantly complaining about the amount of money our country is spending to defeat global terrorists and preserve our freedoms.

In and of itself, I thought the concept was profound: if you put a price on freedom, you will lose it. But in the context of having that quote in mind, I awoke this morning to the following headline NYU Students Would Sell Their Right to Vote for Free Tuition. I couldn’t help but laugh with incredulity.

According to the poll:

  • 66% of NYU students would sell their right to vote in the next presidential election in exchange for a year’s tuition (about $30,000)
  • 20% said they’d exchange their vote for an iPod
  • 50% said they’d forfeit their right to vote forever for $1 million.It boggles the mind that individuals would so easily through away what our founding fathers fought to give us and what so many of forebearers have died to preserve.
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