Posted by Champ on November 17, 2000 at 16:32:16:
In Reply to: 18th Century Political Thoughts posted by Elaine on November 17, 2000 at 11:42:25:
: -It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism - free government is founded on jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions ... in questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but BIND HIM DOWN FROM MISCHIEF BY THE CHAINS OF THE CONSTITUTION.
: -A Bill of Rights would help create a national sentiment to 'counteract the impulses of interest and passion' of popular majorities and provide a rallying point against a usurping government.
: -Th Jefferson
: Far greater than the current political pseudo-quagmire is the integrity of the process, the government, & the constitution. The small potatoes now boiling will be mashed by the 'morrow. It is the process of boiling the water that will endure -
: PS The people HAVE decided ... thank those before us for the voice & the proper forum in which to voice.
Here's another from Mr. Jefferson [Fair warning! distribution of this thought may label you a hysteric too!]:
"What country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not
reminded from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
Let them take arms,the remedy is to set them right as to facts,pardon and pacify them.
What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The Tree of
Liberty ,must,from time to time be refreshed with the blood
of Patriots and Tyrants,it is it's natural manure..."
--(from a letter to William Stephens Smith 11/13/1787)
With the current political/legal "mess" playing out before us today, I cant help but wonder how far from these sentiments Jefferson would stray today?
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