I have not yet read a full biography of Thomas Jefferson, but I intend to some day. For that matter, I intend to do a lot of things. Thank God for modern medicine, because now I have the opportunity to live long enough to read everything I always wanted. But even though I haven’t plumbed the depth of Jefferson’s life, I have studied enough history and done enough of my own digging to appreciate some of his wisdom and practicality. There are Jefferson scholars who eat people like me for breakfast, but I’m here to warn them that although I may look juicy and meaty, it’s really mostly gas and water. With that being said, I think I’m safe enough to quote Thomas Jefferson and ponder the things he said and how it relates to today. But I’m going to lay down my Jefferson quotes for now in order to meander awhile.
If you ask certain people the current state of the Union, mainly the Liberal Left and the Left-leaning media (‘leaning’ is too kind a word to describe the tortuous contortions they perform on a daily basis), they will tell you the war on terror has been won, the economy is improving, our global image is favorable and the people of the United States are more hopeful and optimistic than ever before. And Nazis told the Jews they were going to be deloused as they herded them naked into gas chambers. Now, I know that statistics are always manipulated to favor whatever slice of propaganda is needed to feed to the masses, but if you toss all that rot aside and walk around your neighborhood, you’ll get enough of an education to help make up your mind as to the state of the Union. That is unless your neighborhood’s backyards form a country club’s front nine. Then you probably want to walk around a neighborhood that would normally make you nervous. Your neighbor is a family of five struggling to survive. Both Mom and Dad work, but the job market is so poor Dad can’t practice his mechanic skills so he works as a maintenance man in a fast food restaurant, and Mom’s teaching degree has to sit on the shelf because for every working teacher there are fifteen more just like her looking to get in, so she has to do temp work in factories. Their income is a whopping $22,000 a year, which means they struggle to keep food on the table and clothes on their kids’ backs. Your neighbor is a middle aged couple on disability who cannot work because they ground themselves down to nothing raising their own kids and now have to live with their broken bodies. They make a total of $13,00 a year, and must wear extra clothes in the winter and eat frugally just to survive. They are often hungry but they still make too much for food stamp assistance. Now the woman, who waits for Medicare eligibility, has to buy into the Affordable Care Act and has to spend $150 a month in premiums which means they go from hungry to one-meal-a-day starving. Your neighbor is an elderly widow who is in the worst shape of all financially, and whose struggles are so intense as to make angels weep. Her neighbors mow her yard and bring her leftovers and blankets, because that’s what neighbors are for, aren’t they?
You’ve got neighbors, though, who have learned how to use the system to help them survive. The adults are able-bodied but have managed to get on disability, work under the table to support their drug habits, keep their children in Salvation Army clothes while driving an Escalade, receive food stamps because they lie on the forms and the food stamp system doesn’t care to verify information, and take whatever they can from whomever they can. Your neighbors are a household full of illegal aliens who works for $5 dollars an hour less than their American counterparts, but with fifteen adults sharing rent, they are making out like bandits. Their children don’t go to school because they are not only undocumented, they don’t speak English. They trash their rented home, the yard and their neighbor’s property with trash, and encourage their young to roam the streets at night looking for valuables they can steal. For every productive family in your neighborhood, you have another neighbor who draws entitlements, whether justly or unjustly.
Overseeing the blight ravishing more and more of our neighborhoods are local governments working feverishly to keep from collapsing with ever-decreasing budgets, businesses losing their profit margins and laying workers off, charity organizations being overwhelmed by tsunami after tsunami of the poor and needy, despair and hopelessness sweeping through like hordes of locusts, schools having to stop all extracurricular programs, even shuttering their libraries, using less teachers with more students. County governments face the same problems as the cities, and the infrastructure begins to disintegrate because there just isn’t the funds to fix roads or maintain buildings. There is no help from the State government as well, not because of poverty, but because of unmitigated waste and corruption and greed and unnecessary laws and ineptitude in every corner. The Federal government is in worse shape than all the others combined because of politicking, adulterous relationships with special interest groups, a total lack of caring for their constituents, and an orchestrated, active movement using the full power of the federal government to rewrite the constitution so it can control all aspects of the citizens’ lives, to make the people dependent and docile and compliant. The big kahunas in their ivory towers actually want the people to despair, they want chaos and fear, because a desperate society is a captive society. It is happening, my friends. We are on a slippery slope, and the government owns all the Vaseline.
Now let’s listen to what Thomas Jefferson had to say. He wrote: “I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.” This was spoken two hundred and forty years ago! Mr. Jefferson would have a conniption fit were he alive today. We are so infested with parasites that it is a wonder we are able to stand at all. He understood the dangers of an out-of-control federal government. He said “I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.” Our present government is addicted to the crack cocaine of power and greed, and we suffer daily the oppression of its insatiable hunger.
Read carefully Thomas Jefferson’s words: “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.” My friends and good neighbors, we are LONG overdue in the watering of the tree of liberty! Not of patriots; the tears and blood and sweat of such noble and loving souls have been the sole source of nourishment, and their spirits call out to us, crying “Have we lived and died in vain that our descendants must also suffer the ravishes of tyranny?” I tell you that the time is NOW to nourish the tree of liberty with the blood of our oppressors! The public liberty is withering away because we have neglected the spirit of resistance for too long. If we have no true patriots who are willing to throw off the yoke of tyranny, we will be nothing more than chattel.
I challenge you, reader, to light a blaze under those around you, a flame of outrage and action. You must educate your neighbors, you must slap them awake from their slumber, you must energize them and call them to action and then challenge them to light the fire of resistance under their neighbors. Research the candidates for office and look for those who will preserve liberty by defending the Constitution, promoting fiscal responsibility through less taxes and healthy competition, decreasing the size of government and championing personal independence. If you cannot find such a person, BE that person! We must not allow ourselves to settle for anything less.
Thomas Jefferson also said “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” It is imperative that each of us create such a storm of liberty as to crush the fortress of tyranny into sand! Use the ballot now, or use the sword later. Make the government fear us, or it will be too late!
I have spoken about certain warriors willing to fight tyranny. I shall write of more. But YOU must become a warrior, or all is lost. Wake up, neighbor, then wake up your neighbors.