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Who would you rather believe?

Exhibit A:

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

- Patrick Henry, Richmond (Virginia), 23 March 1775

Exhibit B:

Well the most important civil liberty I have is, and you have, is to stay alive and to be free from violence and death and I think when people talk about civil liberties, they sometimes forget that action taken to protect the citizen against physical violence and physical attack is a blow in favour, and not a blow against civil liberties.

- John Winston Howard, Canberra (ACT), 5 August 2005