Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson, (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President

Thomas Jefferson Quote

“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.”

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
~ Thomas Jefferson

November 13, 1787, letter to William S. Smith, quoted in Padover's Jefferson On Democracy, ed., 1939

Ratings and Comments

S. Engel, Fredericksburg

This is the real reason for the existence of the 2nd Amendment. This should not be the first choice of method to preserve liberty, but it must remain an option.

Mark, Annapolis, MD

If Thomas Jefferson was alive today, he' be called a extremist and not allowed to speak.

Kevin S., Queensbury

Thomas Jefferson embodies the core of what it means to be a true American Patriot. His words are always inspiring to me and most always stir within me, a sense of what it means to be a Great American.

John-Douglas, Nassau

I think it is about time to burst Bush's self-confessed "bubble" (ringed with neo-coms) so he can be warned of exactly where he is really leading America - or does he want to? America needs more Jeffersons and Washingtons and Adams - more so than ever before if the Republic is to be saved.

JDoN, Michigan

I believe our 'rulers' are well aware of the fact that some "people preserve the spirit of resistance" - that's why they want to take away our guns. As some person once said "The only thing dictators fear is the muzzle end of a gun." I think it was Lenin.

James, Tennessee

In doing research for a essay for my college english class, I came upon this quote by Adolf Hitler. - "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms; history show that all conquerors who have allowed their subjected people to carry arms have prepared their own fall." - It sounds like our liberal gun control activists of today. They must have done their homework!

Mike, Norwalk

I have NO ! ! ! rulers, I only have servants run-amuck. The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land legitimately only rule over their own patrons / corporate chattel. The individual sovereigns preserve the spirit of resistance and arm themselves for the time as, "accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed." (Declaration of Independence)

E Archer, NYC

Good point, Mike. Anyone believing they ARE our rulers, deserve to be reminded otherwise -- that is THE primary purpose of an armed citizenry.

bruski, naples FL Naples x

Sadly, we have lost our thirst for freedom.

We now let bureaucrats and functionaries run our lives.

"Servants run-amok" is the perfect description of our nation today.

Jim k, Austin

Jefferson is right, as usual.

Ronw13, OR
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Ronw13, OR    4/24/18

Cleaning house is well underway, garbage is deep, while plowing the waters of corruption. Fatted calves fall from both sides of the isle. Embracing Liberty for the sake of the least, that their metal may be tried, there is a New Sheriff in town. These are the days, and Now is the time.
"Thou, too, sail on, O ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great !
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate !
We know what Master laid thy keel !"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. " The Building of the Ship"
God Bless and Semper Fi

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

The hubris of those who would presume to endeavor to "rule" us is boundless.
Characteristically, they are breathtakingly ill equipped to rightly rule themselves.

Under the Constitution, the Free Association of Sovereign Individuals - We The People -exercise authority.
Those whom we elect and appoint to administer our governmental affairs are our servants, most assuredly not our masters.

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

A good man can grasp, unlike this fellow, good sound leadership. A good man is no need of weaponry.

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown
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Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown 10/13/23

Correction: Unlike this fellow, a good man can grasp the concept of good sound leadership.  A good man is no need of weaponry.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown 10/13/23

Sillik, your off topic / misdirection word salad is nothing more than an immature cherry picking of half truths. By example; though a good man may or may not need a weapon  a good man has an inalienable "right" to posses a weapon.

Your religious definition of "good" differs greatly from an understanding at nature's law.

In the de jure States united (a republican form of government  a body politic of servants that support, protect and enhance individual sovereignty, personal inalienable rights and liberty at nature's law), your projections of government leaders fits most accurately into a theocracy of gods. Here, your "leaders" would be the most skilled propagandists that maintain the most lethal force to keep the Borg chattel in line.

It may be beneficial to you to cease attempting to change the historical understanding of time tested meanings and concepts. Well defined terms, such as "socialism" have well established meanings and histories displaying a definite cause and effect.

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown 10/19/23

Fred, in Nature, every animal has need for defenses against predators, no less for humans.  We must be able to defend ourselves with the same powers that are aimed at us by human predators which enslave and destroy.  We the People must not be the aggressors but we must be the defenders against aggression.  This is the way.

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown
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Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown E Archer, NYC 10/19/23

Mr Archer, if we respond with any situation with such weaponry we are setting ourselves to be nothing but a "sitting duck." Words are the human strategy, and we must find the correct language. Humans, by the grace of correct language have released themselves from such primitive strategies as predator and prey.  We humans must simply use the human language strategy and stop rejecting it.  We are truly above such primitive preditorial instincts. We are the messager animal of civilized behavior..       


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