Sep 17, 2009
According to the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, a Novorossiysk Prosecutor has labeled the phrase “Freedom is not given – it’s taken” as extremist and claims the phrase serves the interests of those who would like to undermine the socio-political system of contemporary Russia, in particular the interests of the USA. “Freedom is not given – it’s taken” is a rephrasing of a quote from a play by Maxim Gorky (“Rights are not given, rights are taken”).
Um, what?! So, it seems to me, that in Russia the word "extremist" and the letters "USA" are pretty much thrown around now to frighten the idiotic/non-thinking segment of the population. You know, in the dreaded "USA", the rabble-rousers reach the ignorant by using "death panels" and "secret Muslim". I'm thinking of moving to Norway.