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Thomas Jefferson's OTHER Declaration: Draft Nullification of Alien and Sedition Acts

"Most Americans know that Thomas Jefferson was the principal author of “The Declaration of Independence,” the most important of all our founding documents.

Yet few of them have even heard of another document that I would say might be the second most important declaration he ever wrote: The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. He drafted them secretly while he was serving as vice president. It was written in response to the hated Alien and Sedition Acts which were passed under the Adams administration during an undeclared war with France.

The acts authorized the president to deport any resident alien considered dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States, to apprehend and deport resident aliens if their home countries were at war with the United States, and criminalized any speech which might defame Congress, the President, or bring either of them into contempt or disrepute. You could compare it to the Patriot Act, but really it was much worse. Either way, The Alien and Sedition Acts were probably Thomas Jefferson’s worst nightmare.

Some people are surprised to learn that in response to these acts, Jefferson did not hold up the First Amendment in protest. Rather he invoked the Tenth Amendment, which states that:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Essentially, he argued that by passing and enforcing the Alien and Sedition Acts, the federal government had over stepped its bounds and was exercising powers which belonged to the states.

In other words, the Alien and Sedition Acts were acts of usurpation."

more at link:

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2010/03/08/thomas-jeffersons...



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Thanks for the post

Going to read this in the morning,Jefferson Is by far my favorite President.

Now THIS is a REAL solution!!!!!!

You can STUFF your little grovelling schemes about "infiltrating" this and "reforming" that. But the COLD HARD TRUTH is State nullifications are the WINNING strategy WE ALL MUST GET BEHIND!

Nullification.
The Constitution Party.
The Libertarian Party.
NOW!!!!!!!

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

That's the way

To persuade people to your way of thinking.... Not.

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson

Oh... I'm sorry...

Should I first feed them a dish of fresh vanilla ice cream with steamy hot fudge and a little cookie on the side, and tell them how special they are? Shall I AGREE that their FAILED STRATEGIES, even though they HAVE NEVER WORKED THE THOUSAND TIMED THEY'VE BEEN TRIED AND ARE KILLING OUR NATION... are the right remedy for our situation? Back rubs? "Atta boys"? Foot massage? Icy-cold beer? A lil' pat on the butt? Chamomile tea? A gold star? An activities patch? "Gitterdun"? "Deez colors don't run"? "Gon' take 'merica back'?

... or should I VERBALLY GRAB THE GOPers BY THE SHOULDERS AND SHAKE SOME SENSE INTO THEM? HEY! GOPers! YOU'RE KILLING OUR NATION!!!!!! The GOP? "Infiltration?" IT DOESN'T WORK!!!!! IT'S BEEN TRIED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER!!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!

"It's... really good... that you did that... again... swell... really good..."
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Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Where There Are People in Power

There is EVIL. Always has been, always will be. Ron Paul is the closest thing WE have to Jefferson. Wish we'd known about him 30 years ago! Net came too late.

skippy

ron paul is patrick henry,

ron paul is patrick henry, somebody else is going to be jefferson

So true.

Ron Paul is our Patrick Henry.

Brother Winston Smith

The r3VOLution is NOT republiCAN.

Tom Woods lecture on this subject

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxP1irQFdto

...enjoy.

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Beat me to it, that is an

Beat me to it, that is an excellent lecture.

+ 1

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My Favorite Founding Father's "Notes."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notes_on_the_State_of_Virginia

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

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There is no duration defined in the Oath

Right. A document that

Right. A document that supports slavery?

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You demonstrate tremendous ignorance

Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence included a clause that called out King George for allowing slavery, but the committee voted to strike that clause, which read:

"he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another."

http://www.princeton.edu/~tjpapers/declaration/declaration.html

Yet at the same time,

Yet at the same time, Jefferson never released his slaves, and maintained throughout his life the inferiority of the negro compared to the white man.

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I can't believe ppl voted you

I can't believe ppl voted you down for criticizing the Declaration of Independence, when IT WAS INDEED PRO-SLAVERY. Guys, if we pretend that our history is perfect, or that it was just okay to support slavery back then, then we stand for nothing, and cannot possibly hold today's America to a high standard. The Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries who did nothing to fight slavery were despicable human beings, who somehow managed to leave us with checks and balances and the bill of rights. The declaration and the constitution were still evil documents, far, far, far more evil than any of the things we complain about today.

Jefferson's support for slavery should be an asterisk next to everything Thomas Jefferson says, to reflect his complete lack of moral or intellectual authority. Thomas Jefferson, the nicest slaveowner you'll ever meet.

A Man of His Time

While his predecessor John Adams angrily counter-attacked the press and vocal opponents by passing chilling Alien and Sedition Acts (the equivalent of today's so-called "Patriot Act" and NDAA Acts), Jefferson, by contrast, worked tirelessly to overturn these tyrannical limits on free speech and free press, despite the great personal damage such open discourse did to his reputation. He later lamented the anguish caused by his political enemies, however, he never denied the charges made by them, including those in “Notes on Virginia”; and he never gave up his fight for “Republican priciples” to shield the common man from state or religious oppression (as opposed to the Aristocratical Federalists’ doctrine that he successfully ousted.)

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

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There is no duration defined in the Oath

*Jefferson was JUST man of his time.

And none of the individual rights that you just described applied to slaves, because he refused to criticize slavery for his own political purposes. He could have called for its abolition, as in actually proposing to abolish slavery and not just saying "You know, it IS evil." But Thomas Jefferson never did that. Thomas Jefferson was JUST a man of his time. Sucks.

Jefferson Memorial

"... eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

"Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than these people are to be free."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Memorial

*JUST man.

Adjective

just
1.fair; just
2.perfectly, almost perfectly

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_enlistment

There is no duration defined in the Oath

Thanks, that is interesting

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