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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Refresh the Tree of Liberty

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits.  To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association—the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.  The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.  I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?  The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.  It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.
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 its 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.  I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.  Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plenitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.  The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.
The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.  No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.  Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servility crouched.  Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion.  Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.  The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.
A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.  The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others.
This entire post has been made up of different quotes from Thomas Jefferson added together.  One of the original architects of our government and how it should be maintained.  The third President of the United States.  The Author of the Declaration Of Independence!  One of our countries founding fathers!  What he said sounds like good advice today and with the bits and pieces in this order if you didn't know any better you would think some great author was writing about today's state of affairs in the United States of America.  You would be half right!  Every word a quote from the same man who was a President, a Patriot, and one of the Greatest Americans who formed and created the foundations that groups of ignorant people and a criminal government are trying to destroy!
It's been way over twenty years and it time for those who do the work and just want to be free to stand up and be heard.  We have crooks, the government, and those who don't want to work against the working class people who have earned and paid our fair share and more.  We are tired of miss management of our government!  We don't want or need to be taken care of!  We do need to set some things right and show the government and the crooks, who truly holds the power of Liberty!  WE THE PEOPLE!!!  He wrote that Too!


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