What's Your Red Line?Submitted by kellyicus on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 04:13
And i Quote from the Declaration of Independence paragraph 2:
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security"
today we are wrestling with the same questions our founding fathers did, at what point has the government got to far?
I'm not in anyway suggesting we start an armed rebellion as they did, but if the trend of "abuses and usurpations" continues at what point will that be to much for you to tolerate?
How many abuses of liberty can you live with?
"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 its 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."
- Thomas Jefferson November 13, 1787, letter to William S. Smith.
I believe there's a very important reason Jefferson said this and a lesson he was trying to teach. The trend from liberty to Despotism or vice versa is not a new thing that begun with America it has been repeated time and again throughout history. It is up to us to be the vanguards against this type of encroachment.
So what is your "Red Line?"