Monday, December 8, 2008

Jefferson, my favorite US President

While Jefferson is remembered for a lot of things, there is one quote that I find myself looking at more and more....

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
It is its natural manure."

Well, it has been over twenty years. I guess the late sixties would count as a sort of rebellion. The people (the vast majority of the people) are mostly uninformed. And lethargy has definitely set in (look at both the waistlines and the wastelines of America...)
The rulers need to be warned, much as MBV III has suggested, among others. And thank god that we still have a somewhat stunted right to keep and bear arms. The tree is looking stunted too, needing of it's manure.

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