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‘Essence of slavery’ Leo Tolstoy, the Russian writer who’s most famous novel was “War and Peace,” wrote about the injustices he observed in Russia in 1886. In a novel titled “What Then Must We Do?” Tolstoy said the “essence of slavery consists in taking the produce of another’s labor by force.” His sentiments about slavery have been compared to those expressed by Abraham Lincoln. While many people exult in the election of our first black president, is Barack Obama not returning us to the form of slavery described by Tolstoy? When Obama must increase taxes to cover the exorbitant expenses of his collectivist government mandates, he’s taking the produce of our labor by force to turn it to uses of which we don’t approve. Tom McNeill, Healdton

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