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A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy…. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader…. If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.

That Sam Adams. Always such a kidder.

Overheard in a bar, in the not-to-distant future, somewhere on Main Street…

Do you have enough leftover from your “assistance” check to buy another? What’s that? You have to get up early because your number got picked to go to the clinic and wait to see if they can actually see you? Wow. Some guys get all the luck! Here, take my bus token. I’d rather walk anyway. Sometimes I long for the good old days before $8.00 a gallon gasoline, but I couldn’t afford the personal property taxes on a car now, anyway. Did I tell you I got an extra hour to run my lamp this week? Problem is I have nothing to read, so me and the Mrs. will probably just sit around and stare at each other. I wish I got that extra hour in the winter. Our apartment gets so cold, and that 13 watt florescent bulb would make it so much warmer. Did I tell you that the supermarket actually got some lettuce last week? And half of it was unwilted, too. Yeah, I know what you mean. I miss a lot of stuff we used to be able to get. Strawberries? Nahhhhh. I can’t even remember what they taste like, but do you remember those apples we used to get? They were crunchy, and juicy, and just the right balance of tart and sweet. Yeah…I know what you mean. What’s that? You used your toothpaste ration for the month? You didn’t hear it from me, but if you go see Nick, that guy at the garage on the corner…he’s got some extra toothpaste he’ll trade for. Should only cost you four rolls of toilet paper.

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