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“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  - Benjamin Franklin

“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Winston Churchill - The Second World War

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” - Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House on August 1, 1776.

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Where Did Grand Juries Come From?

They are elements of the “Fundamental Law of the Land” and “Due process of Law” that are memorialized in the Grand Charter (Magna Carta) of 1215 AD which was signed by King John of England at Runnemede.  King John had gotten in the habit of ignoring these two elements of the law in England so the Barons saw fit that it be written down so that he would not forget it.   In particular the juries got there name from the word “Grand” of the Grand Charter.  Paragraphs 39 and 61 provide the law words that instituted them as the right of all freemen and freewomen to convene.  Since these apply to the Common Law of the Land which is neither repealable or changeable they came ashore in America when Freemen and Freewomen from England set foot on the land here and with each Freeman and Freewoman in compact with one another in a jural society; the Mayflower Compact was one such compact.

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