The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. – Thomas Jefferson
The quote which forms today’s epigram is probably a familiar one, but few people are familiar with the larger paragraph in which it is embedded. Jefferson was referring to Shay’s Rebellion (arguably the single strongest motivator which caused the weak central government of the Articles of Confederation to be replaced by the strong one established by the US Constitution) when he wrote:
God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion…If [the people] remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
Every November 5th I call for a rededication of the holiday from…
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