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    Everyone knows that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar.

    54
  2. 9

    A woman has a right to an abortion. That's a decision that's up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right.

    55
  3. 8

    While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.

    58
  4. 7

    Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.

    60
  5. 6

    Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives.

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  6. 5

    Small men, seeking great wealth or power, have too often and too long turned even the highest levels of public service into mere personal opportunity.

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  7. 4

    I am frankly sick and tired of the political preachers telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me?

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    I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process.

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  9. 2

    Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

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    Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed.

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