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Thomas Jefferson's Reset Button: Americans have a duty to resist tyrannical government
The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2010 | Editorial

Posted on 07/02/2010 8:20:15 AM PDT by Abakumov

After independence, Jefferson explained that the Declaration was "an expression of the American mind" intended to "give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion." The result is a timeless document the spirit of which is as applicable today as it was then. The people have the means at their disposal to take back our country and the government from the disconnected oligarchy in Washington. However, this only works if Americans actually step up. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, the country will only be a republic if the people are strong enough to keep it.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: 4th; freedom; independence; jefferson; july; julyfourth

1 posted on 07/02/2010 8:20:17 AM PDT by Abakumov
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To: Abakumov; Windflier

Bump


2 posted on 07/02/2010 8:23:00 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: Abakumov

Looks like people are stepping up to the plate. http://www.restoreamericaplan.net/


3 posted on 07/02/2010 8:24:08 AM PDT by GregNH (Re-Elect "No Body")
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To: Abakumov
There's a great bumper sticker in that headline somewhere
4 posted on 07/02/2010 8:27:07 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Abakumov

I agree totally.
Most (including most Freepers) love to talk a good game but few are willing to put their life on hold and risk same for the benefits of liberty.
No more need be said.
You know who you are and I know what I must do.


5 posted on 07/02/2010 8:30:10 AM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
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To: Abakumov

Unfortunatly the marxists have done a good job of destroying the “American Mind” over the past fifty years by taking over the schools. All teachers should be fired and then rehired after a lengthy interview process, (I can dream can’t I?) Immigration has also killed the American mind, multiculturalism is the death of nationalism. Don’t wear a t-shirt with the flag on it kids, it offends people. The wedge has been driven in quite well by the marxists when they took over the democratic party splitting this nation in two.


6 posted on 07/02/2010 8:30:47 AM PDT by culpeper (He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people,)
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To: Abakumov

Excellent.

Is it just me or does this editorial strike others as unusually bold and ballsy? Even for the Wash Times?


7 posted on 07/02/2010 8:31:00 AM PDT by fullchroma (Bill Haslam for Governor)
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To: Abakumov
Taxation WITH representation hasn't worked very well, either.
8 posted on 07/02/2010 8:31:42 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. More @ www.book-resistancetotyranny.com)
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To: fullchroma
"Is it just me or does this editorial strike others as unusually bold and ballsy? Even for the Wash Times?"

Well, it still recommends the solution through the ballot box so it has not advanced to the Tree of Liberty stage yet.

9 posted on 07/02/2010 8:43:09 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: culpeper
The prime difference between the situation in 2010 and that of 1776 is that the people now can provide oversight through the election process. The ballot is the corrective mechanism that was unavailable to the Founders. Today's dire situation in Washington has approached the intolerable because too few have gone to the polls to defend their rights against the predatory, permanent governing class in Congress.

This is partially correct. Along the line of your post the other 800 lb gorilla in the room is agenda driven "educational" system that produces mouth-breathing idiots, thus converting a large part of the electorate into zombie voters. They hardly even know the full name of the candidate, much less their platform, background or intentions. Their criteria for voting is "who promises the biggest load of government handouts?"

This is the exact reason they are pushing to amnesty the illegal aliens, they want to push them right into the voting booth. Mostly no education to speak of and usually illiterate in two languages, they want their "cheque del gobierno," food stamps and a map to the local county hospital emergency room.

For the communists-that-call-themselves-democrats the illegal aliens are perfect little drones.

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10 posted on 07/02/2010 8:49:58 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Abakumov
Under title of "The future of democracy in America" at UVA's web site containing quotations of Thomas Jefferson, appears this statement from Mr. Jefferson:

"If we find our government in all its branches rushing headlong... 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. But while our functionaries are wise, and honest, and vigilant, let us move compactly under their guidance, and we have nothing to fear. . . ." --Thomas Jefferson to William Duane, 1811. ME 13:29

How could Jefferson envision "our government . . . rushing headlong . . . ." or, "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"?

Think about these warnings, combined with George Washington's Farewell Address warning on the "dangers of the spirit of Party."

The Fourth of July is a time when American citizens must rediscover the ideas which formed the "American mind" of 1776 in order to understand the warnings of the men who framed the Constitution's safeguards on liberty in 1787.

11 posted on 07/02/2010 8:52:25 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Truth29

Most folks of this mindset are waiting to see what happens this November, with the idea that this is the “last chance” for the ballot box.

If the ballot box has been horribly corrupted,
or there is blatant vote fraud,
or blatant voter intimidation resulting in the leftists retaining power,

then it’s time for the Tree of Liberty stage.

If you’re of this mindset,
prepare NOW, don’t wait to get started with your preps until you see how November turns out.

If it turns out all right in November, go camping, eat your food preps and shoot up all that “extra” ammo.


12 posted on 07/02/2010 8:53:50 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Abakumov

When in the course of human events.....BTTT


13 posted on 07/02/2010 8:53:53 AM PDT by MattinNJ (Iron Man 2-a great conservative movie.)
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To: Abakumov

Throw off the tyranny of this government!!!!

tyr·an·ny (tr-n)
n. pl. tyr·an·nies
1. A government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power.
2. The office, authority, or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.
3. Absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly: “I have sworn . . . eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man” (Thomas Jefferson).


14 posted on 07/02/2010 8:55:40 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Abakumov

Bookmark


15 posted on 07/02/2010 8:55:58 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: MrB
Yep. Tick-tock.
16 posted on 07/02/2010 8:57:16 AM PDT by wheresmyusa
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To: jongaltsr
That's the most insulting and presumptuous post I've ever read here, crangrats.
17 posted on 07/02/2010 8:58:48 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM, where are you?)
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To: Las Vegas Ron
That's the most insulting and presumptuous post I've ever read here, crangrats.
Your Welcome.
Keep up the chatter....(or noise)
May you be paying attention when the real action starts.

18 posted on 07/02/2010 9:10:34 AM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
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To: MrB
If the ballot box has been horribly corrupted,
IF?
or there is blatant vote fraud,
IF?
or blatant voter intimidation resulting in the leftists retaining power,
IF?
Haven't you been paying attention these past few decades?
19 posted on 07/02/2010 9:14:55 AM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
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To: fullchroma
Excellent. Is it just me or does this editorial strike others as unusually bold and ballsy? Even for the Wash Times?

Yes, that was my exact thought. It's actually a brave editorial. With no name on it, it's put forth as the opinion of their entire editorial board.

It's a call to arms, like Common Sense. In this case, the arms are the ballot box, but should that recourse fail...

20 posted on 07/02/2010 9:16:10 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Abakumov
Ben Franklin's personal motto.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
21 posted on 07/02/2010 9:18:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: jongaltsr

That’s what I’m saying -

November 2010 - LAST chance for the ballot box.


22 posted on 07/02/2010 9:20:10 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: jongaltsr
May you be paying attention when the real action starts.

Oh, I will...and so will the many FReepers that I have personally met and know.

23 posted on 07/02/2010 9:21:03 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM, where are you?)
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To: jongaltsr

The only problem is as soon as someone tries to organize the feds will come down like a HAMMER and call everyone kooks! Good luck.


24 posted on 07/02/2010 9:27:23 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: Abakumov

Just listen to the tapes from the Blago trial....it’s not just him. It’s how the majority of our politicians talk amongst themselves. Where are the statesmen? Is it too late to right our ship of state?


25 posted on 07/02/2010 9:28:44 AM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: NavyCanDo
There's a great bumper sticker in that headline somewhere

About a week ago I saw a bumper sticker that expressed exactly that thought. Unfortunately there was an Obama/Biden sticker on the same car. I think that this driver was seriously confused.

26 posted on 07/02/2010 9:53:33 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Las Vegas Ron; jongaltsr
That's the most insulting and presumptuous post I've ever read here, crangrats.

There are some, even on FR, willing to trade liberty for largese.

27 posted on 07/02/2010 9:59:22 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: CPT Clay

Thanks for the Revolution II ping.


28 posted on 07/02/2010 10:50:36 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

Hi Grizzled Bear. You sound like you could threaten some of these fair weather patriots. Maybe that is what will wake some of them up - to $hi* or get off the pot.

Liberty is not a discussion to be held by the Lilly Levered among us, but for those that have the stomach for battle and the backbone to stand tough.


29 posted on 07/02/2010 11:43:57 AM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

A chance I am willing to take.


30 posted on 07/02/2010 11:45:30 AM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
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To: Abakumov

As long as we have mostly-fair elections, the ballot box is the place for change.


31 posted on 07/02/2010 11:46:24 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: TLI; MrB
The prime difference between the situation in 2010 and that of 1776 is that the people now can provide oversight through the election process. The ballot is the corrective mechanism that was unavailable to the Founders.

What the author skips is that the "corrective mechanism" available to the Founders is also still available today (or after November).

32 posted on 07/02/2010 11:55:24 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: jongaltsr

I’ve butted heads with a number of Free Republic’s Socialist/Nanny State branch.


33 posted on 07/02/2010 12:28:13 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: Fu-fu2

Its become a business of corruption, I think Congress should be RICO’d. Based on the Constitution and what our founders created Congress has now become a corrupt organization.


34 posted on 07/02/2010 12:48:13 PM PDT by culpeper (He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people,)
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To: Abakumov

And this is the REAL reason the left has worked so hard to overturn the 2nd amendment. It MUST remove from the American people the means to overthrow a tyrannical state. Today, only force of arms can reclaim our nation and liberty.


35 posted on 07/02/2010 1:06:45 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Abakumov

The government has become destructive to our freedom.


36 posted on 07/02/2010 2:59:21 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: US_MilitaryRules

>>The only problem is as soon as someone tries to organize the feds will come down like a HAMMER and call everyone kooks! Good luck.<<

Then the obvious answer is DON’T ORGANIZE. Read the biographies of Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox and John Singleton Mosby, the Grey Ghost. Learn from our enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan. Use force multipliers.

Nobody ever said it would be easy; but the question is: Are our liberties worth preserving?


37 posted on 07/02/2010 5:40:58 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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