reply to post by THELONIO
My sentiments exactly.
and in respose to the jeffersonian quotes, let me say this, before I leave this thread. Thomas Jefferson believed that in times of peace, we should
disband our standing army, as it would be expensive to keep up, and it would be a shadow on our people, imposed by government. He said thus:
"It is probable... that not knowing how to use the military as a civil weapon, [the civil authority] will do too much or too little with it."
--Thomas Jefferson to William Carmichael, 1789.
"None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important, but especially
so at a moment when rights the most essential to our welfare have been violated." --Thomas Jefferson to -----, 1803. ME 10:365
"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."
"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 it's 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."
and let us not forget the words of Alexander Hamilton:
"[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of
the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend
their rights and those of their fellow citizens." -- The Federalist, No. 29 - Alexander Hamilton
Our founding fathers had the Foresight to know that left of it's own devices, our government would become tyrannical, and it was the peoples duty to
keep it in check. Of course, the proper way of doing so at first is to fire at them using words, then paperwork, the if all else fails, lead.