Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Jefferson


What the Founders Thought of Protest

What the founders thought of protest: Today’s activism would surprise many of the nation’s first leaders. (original here)

Protests may be as American as apple pie, but the founding fathers had little appetite for them.

Though they themselves were activists during the Revolution, many of the nation’s first leaders believed that people should limit their activism to the ballot box.

Yet they played no small role in setting the stage for modern-day activism.

They protected free speech and people’s right to assemble in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson went a step further, saying that people have the obligation to oppose a government that strays from its true purpose.

“We have a republic that was established on a foundation that is activist,” historian Joseph J. Ellis said. Continue reading ‘What the Founders Thought of Protest’


Fear: Liberty or Tyranny?

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” -Thomas Jefferson


The Right that Protects All Other Rights

Old article, but a good one. Obama may not come to our home and take our guns, but he can (and probably will) make it hard for you to get guns and also make it harder and more expensive to buy ammunition. Take if from the Founding Fathers, guns are the one right that protects all the other rights.



"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain