I like your blog, but you need to chill with that fiery stuff. People should definitely always use their talents to secure and advance liberty, but when you get all start using that "blood of tyrants and patriots" language, its just an invitation for dim people to relieve their anxieties by making weak politicians into "tyrants," and therefore themselves "patriots" -- and how, by exercising the only power other can muster (in the absence of talent), and that's violence.
Just saying, I know how good it feels to get a little poetic and shake your fist, but when its on TV or the Internet (where you don't know who is listening), that little feeling isn't worth the dumb ideas it can put out there. I'm not saying tyrants don't deserve punishment, just that people can find themselves supporting or echoing things that they don't come form their heart, and they have too much pride or insecurity, to get honest with themselves. This is how dumb kids get sucked into the military, and praising Bush -- because they're already publicly committed to some position they heard poetically delivered by someone who was wise enough not to take themselves too seriously, or commit the same ego-fueled mistake.
April 23, 2009 1:22 AM
Russel, the poetic license is credited to Thomas Jefferson, not me.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ... God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion; what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, 1787
I’m so sorry to see that you didn’t recognize it.
It should be taught in schools all over the world because it’s some of Jefferson’s most wisest and profound words. It’s certainly not “dumb ideas”. It’s how true freedom and democracy is preserved, when leaders truly fear and respect “the people”.
Unfortunately we’ve reached the point here where civil war is hanging over our heads like a Damocles sword these days.
It’s no supposition of mine. There are report by the CIA and other American agencies that see this possibility very clearly, and our own press and even our vice president know this as well, and have sometimes admitted it openly.
People are fed up. We are all getting poorer, more abused, stolen of our rights and property and it’s really getting to that point (again) when the society is about to explode in violence.