It’s worth it to go out of your way to get a hold of some of the writings of Thomas Jefferson and be amazed at how they apply specifically to the situation we find ourselves in today.
TJ predicted the coming of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, George Soros, Nancy Pelosi and their ilk long ago and warned us that it would be the ilk within who would be the real dangers to look out for. Here are some musings of Jefferson’s by way of our guy Doug Giles at Clash Daily:
1. 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. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.
2. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?
3. A free people [claim]their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.
4. If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.
5. The multiplication of public offices, increase of expense beyond income, growth and entailment of a public debt, are indications soliciting the employment of the pruning knife.
6. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.
7. No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms [within his own lands or tenements].
8. The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
9. 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.
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