Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jefferson's Call Still Sounds Out Loudly

There are some of the opposing view in political office and the media that believe those who speak out against this current administration, or any other government entity are unpatriotic, hate the government, are rebels, racists or are on the cusp of being traitorous. Nothing could be further from the truth for the majority of Americans who see speaking out against some of the policies of their elected officials and the government instituted to carry out those policies as their Constitutional right and a badge of liberty.

Most, in fact damn near all do not hate government at all. They respect it and see the common sense and even humanitarian need for it. However, many simply believe it has grown to a size so large and bogged down with layer after layer of bureaucracy that it has become out of touch with the daily lives of those whom it was created to serve.

These have great faith in America's system of government set forth by the founders, the Constitution and other founding documents. For some, however the government as it currently stands, regardless of which major political party is in control, is exploiting its citizens by over taxation, burdensome regulation and the use of intimidation, threats, fear, and yes, even false hopes and promises just to gain further dependence on that same government and to remove more of the citizen's common liberties.

The last thing most want is to see the end of the government, yet they are convinced it cannot continue on the course it is currently treading without severe revolutionary consequences down the road at some future time.

During the Shay's Rebellion Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter. I highly recommend it to be read by every American. One of his statements was quite apt for any generation of Americans who feel their government has gone beyond its originally designated intent.

Jefferson wrote, "Societies exist under three forms, sufficiently distinguishable:

(1) without government, as among our Indians;

(2) under governments, wherein the will of everyone has a just influence, as is the case in England, in a slight degree, and in our states, in a great one;

(3) under governments of force, as is the case in all other monarchies, and in most of the other republics".

"To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the first condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has its evils, too, the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs."

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."

Our leaders of today would do well to heed the words of Jefferson. He saw the dangers of any government, even those founded on noble ideals, that had become out of touch with those they govern and his solution was clear. Those who rebel in these kinds of situations don't do so because they hate their government, on the contrary, they cherish it and wish to foster its return to sanity. They are willing to participate in such a political "storm" of upheaval that could well cost them their own lives and liberties because they see no other course that will capture the attention of their leaders and hopefully awaken them to the depths of just how far they have drifted from the founding principals and policies that made their nation great in the first place.

Are we in the United States of America to that place just yet? I don't think so, but, if those we have elected continue to take the nation down it's current path there will be a clarion bell rung to a future generation of patriots who will undoubtedly answer that call from Thomas Jefferson.

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