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

Thomas Jefferson Quote

“I discharge every person under punishment or prosecution under the Sedition Law, because I considered, and now consider, that law to be a nullity as absolute and palpable as if Congress had ordered us to fall down and worship a golden image.”

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson
~ Thomas Jefferson

Letter to Abigail Adams, 22 July 1804

Ratings and Comments


Mike, Norwalk

King George's recent presidential order (decree) giving the president absolute dictatorial powers (complete with ability to absorb private business) in an emergency (and he can declare the emergency for anything), the Patriot Act, all other compelled compliances, licenses, theft of the laborer's fruit, forced charity, ID, insurance all fall within the defining umbrella of Jefferson's 'sedition'. Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court have all legislated that we fall down and worship the golden calf.

E Archer, NYC

Today's equivalent is the Patriot Act (as well as the Executive Orders Mike has alluded to). I do not know what has happended to the consciousness of Americans -- not only do we roll over and take it, we cheer and beg for it (i.e. the South Carolina Republican Presidential debate comes to mind). Looks like we are throroughly brainwashed to worship the absolute rule of the President (a false idol if there ever was one).

Ken, Allyn, WA

This is one of the many great things President Jefferson did. As far as GW goes, I have for many years thought he had more in common with FDR than any other president, and that is no compliment. The only question is, who will go in the interment camps this time?

J Carlton, Calgary

Jefferson was a wise man. Wasn't the sedition act brought about by Hamilton to quell any protest of his central banking scheme?

Johann Hollar, St Paul, Minnesota

Once again more brilliant words from a brilliant leader. The sedition act is no more necessary than NATO, CIA, NSA and DEA.

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