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Thomas Jefferson “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” dc.309
Thomas Jefferson “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” pg413
Thomas Jefferson thought that revolutions should occur periodically and the foundation of his thesis I believe in part was his knowledge of English history where the Magna Carta, gained by revolt, was used to restrain the tyrant king John. We can also say this of England’s Petition of Right for restraining king Charles I and the Bill of Rights after the tyrant King James II was forced to abdicate the throne.
Thomas Jefferson “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” 436
“To vindicate these rights, says Mr. Blackstone, when actually violated or attack’d, the subjects of England are entitled first to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law–next to the right of petitioning the King and parliament for redress of grievances–and lastly, to the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defence.” f/cons.sam.adams
Sidney ”They also say, that as no government can be so perfect but some defect may be originally in it, or afterward introduced, none can subsist unless they be from time to time reduced to their first integrity, by such an exertion of the power of those for whose sake they were instituted…” 476
Algernon Sidney says when civil magistrates, kings or rulers act outside their sphere of authority and work an the injury to the people, and the people, having no redress, are return to the state of nature where the injur’d become the executioner and judge against the violator of their rights.
The message of England’s history is that once a vicious faction with despotic principles gains control of the nation’s government and violating the law of the people to their injury, it cannot be removed except by the force of arms or a strong legislative will. The founding fathers understood this danger and worked diligently at applying check and balances into the US Constitution in order to hinder a vicious faction from gaining dominance in our public councils and thus the sure overthrow of the republic.The Federalist Papers give extensive discourse on the dangers of party spirit and the nature of faction. For example,
James Madison “If a faction consist of less than a majority, relief is supplied by the republican principle,which enables the majority to defeat its sinister views by regular vote: It may clog the administration, it may convulse the society, but it will be unable to execute and mask its violence under the forms of the Constitution. When the majority is included in a faction, the form of popular government on the other hand enables it to sacrifice to is ruling passion or interest, both the public good and the rights of other citizens.” pg54
In our generation, we can testify that many of the checks on our government to hinder dangerous factions have been overcome by a determined internal enemy of constitutional liberty and justice. Even a partial of the American sovereignty, the people, are deceived and misguided by wolves into dismantling America’s historic foundation stones and underlying principles. Those who uphold free and open debate, a civilized form of public discourse, fair and free elections, a higher law over human passion, a revealed definition of good and evil, oaths as guardian of public trusts, covenanted government or federalism, and constitutional limitations in the use of civil power are under siege by vicious enemies of the public welfare and happiness who seek rule by usurpation, centralization of civil authority , liberty of lusts and vice, public discourse in the form of diatribes, false accusations, vicious characterizations, and misleading propaganda. Americans are witnessing a revolution within a two party political system guided by anti republican sentiment to the thwarting of much needed Christian moral influence resulting in the degrading of life and liberty, and this is done by a belligerent but powerful, highly organized, internal enemy. As the voice of the sensible majority is weekend and divided by moral confusion and their policies undermined by enemies in league, Americans will continue to witness the dismantling of their Union of free and independent Republics. We are no longer one people operating upon spirit of public service or Christ with one set of principles but a battle field of opposing ideologies and agendas. America is a divided nation, a nation of contesting gods and standards, and a nation of contending spirits.
George Washington’s Farewell Address
“The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual..”
Americans support of party spirit or faction by the voting the lessor of two evils is the cause of their losing their liberty and nation. America must repent the Evil One’s political unction to choose evil, the lessor over the more, and stand with God’s unction in electing those who have demonstrated honesty, integrity, and an obedience to serve God’s law. Those with the spirit of Christ have the spirit of public service and they are called to serve. Those with the spirit of Satan have the spirit of domination. To overcome vicious factions under the rule of the Evil One is to seek shelter in the wisdom of God by incorporating that wisdom into the national fabric.
We do his by amending the US Constitution with Article VIII, and then the law of Moses and the Apostles will be America’s standard, a standard that all mankind can understand and apply without reservation, and then will our public agents, tested upon the threshing floor of public accountability, will be a living law worthy of public service and praise.
Thomas Jefferson “If we find our government in all its branches rushing headlong, like our predecessors, into the arms of monarchy, if we find them violating our dearest rights, the trial by jury, the freedom of the press, the freedom of opinion, civil or religious, or opening on our peace of mind or personal safety the sluices of terrorism, if we see them raising standing armies, when the absence of all other danger points to these as the sole objects on which they are to be employed, then indeed let us withdraw and call the nation to its tents.” m/l613