Many are quick to regurgitate Thomas Jefferson’s written statement,
‘the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.’
But few are willing to look to the context of a full paragraph in a letter to William Stephens Smith in November 1787. The context is that Jefferson is in France. The new Constitution has been sent to the States for ratification. Jefferson observes that ‘There are very good articles in it: and very bad. I do not know which preponderate (definition: be greater in number, influence, or importance).’
Remember that Jefferson had sent Madison a small library of book on government and that during the Convention of 1787 the two had some correspondence. In this Smith letter, Jefferson drives home the following which in not only prophetic but also leads to the concluding statement that is so often quoted. And because I know that you will not go read the link to the full letter, I am giving you the opportunity to digest it here –
‘Wonderful is the effect of impudent (showing no respect for others) and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion. The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13 states independant 11 years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusets: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order. I hope in god this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted.—You ask me if any thing transpires here on the subject of S. America? Not a word. I know that there are combustible materials there, and that they wait the torch only. But this country probably will join the extinguishers.—The want of facts worth communicating to you has occasioned me to give a little loose to dissertation. We must be contented to amuse, when we cannot inform…’
During the program/podcast, I will be taking folks through this letter and what Thomas Paine wrote on Constitutionalism.
Now, go back and reread the above with a focus on what I have bolded. Consider how these are present not past concerns.
Tom Zawistowski Proposal – to Avoid the Blood of Patriots
Let me preface the next paragraph with the reality that the general Citizenry in these United States are not inculcated in the truth of real Liberty. It is not taught in the public schools where it should have been. More importantly, it has not been taught from the pulpits as it was at the foundation of America in general and specifically during the period that facilitated the American Revolution. The American Citizenry is not prepared as the Patriots on Lexington Green where Pastor Jonas Clark instructed them not only in their Spiritual Life but in military drill. Modern Americans have no knowledge let alone fortitude for what Thomas Jefferson intimates in respect to refreshing ‘the tree of liberty.’
With great apprehension and long thoughtful pray, I am in Agreement with Tom Zawistowski, President, We the People Convention in that President Trump should institute Limited Martial Law to force a new ‘paper ballot’ election.
See the references below for the full page add proposal and those like General Flynn endorsing the action.
The fact and reality before us is that after January 6, 2021 – either way things go – it will be ugly in these United States and the Citizenry are not prepared for what will transpire. The left hates Liberty, they hate the US Constitution, they hate the Constitutions of the various States, they hate morality – especially Biblical Christian morality and they even hate the minions they have created in the demon-crat party. Remember that power, greed and hate are basic traits of tyrants and despots.
The beginning of being Nationless is when the true and absolute Rights of Mankind are violated. These Rights are not arbitrary nor are they defined by humanists and power monger bureaucrats. They are eternal and are ordered in Natural Law.
The destructive road to being nationless is in a manipulative definition and exercise of constitutionalism. Taking a few thoughts from Thomas Paine’s ‘The Rights of Man’ beginning with – ‘Applying Principle to Practice, Chapter 4 – Of Constitutions, Part 1 of 2’
‘That men mean distinct and separate things when they speak of constitutions and of governments, is evident; or why are those terms distinctly and separately used? A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution, is power without a right.
All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must either be delegated or assumed. There are no other sources. All delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either.’
…It may not be improper to observe that in both those instances (the one of Pennsylvania, and the other of the United States), there is no such thing as the idea of a compact between the people on one side, and the government on the other. The compact was that of the people with each other, to produce and constitute a government. To suppose that any government can be a party in a compact with the whole people, is to suppose it to have existence before it can have a right to exist. The only instance in which a compact can take place between the people and those who exercise the government, is, that the people shall pay them, while they choose to employ them.
Government is not a trade which any man, or any body of men, has a right to set up and exercise for his own emolument, but is altogether a trust, in right of those by whom that trust is delegated, and by whom it is always resumeable. It has of itself no rights; they are altogether duties.’
Now remember that Sam Adams wrote a chastising letter to Mr. Paine because of his deism and how Mr. Paine took a stand against Biblical Christianity in his pamphlet ‘The Age of Reason’ while he lived in France. It is interesting to note that in his deism, Paine expounds on the universal principles of ‘general revelation’ in his Introduction to ‘The Rights of Man’ with –
‘The revolution of America presented in politics what was only theory in mechanics. So deeply rooted were all the governments of the old world, and so effectually had the tyranny and the antiquity of habit established itself over the mind, that no beginning could be made in Asia, Africa, or Europe, to reform the political condition of man. Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think.
But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, — and all it wants, — is the liberty of appearing. The sun needs no inscription to distinguish him from darkness; and no sooner did the American governments display themselves to the world, than despotism felt a shock and man began to contemplate redress.
The independence of America, considered merely as a separation from England, would have been a matter but of little importance, had it not been accompanied by a revolution in the principles and practice of governments. She made a stand, not for herself only, but for the world, and looked beyond the advantages herself could receive. Even the Hessian, though hired to fight against her, may live to bless his defeat; and England, condemning the viciousness of its government, rejoice in its miscarriage.
As America was the only spot in the political world where the principle of universal reformation could begin, so also was it the best in the natural world. An assemblage of circumstances conspired, not only to give birth, but to add gigantic maturity to its principles. The scene which that country presents to the eye of a spectator, has something in it which generates and encourages great ideas. Nature appears to him in magnitude. The mighty objects he beholds, act upon his mind by enlarging it, and he partakes of the greatness he contemplates. — Its first settlers were emigrants from different European nations, and of diversified professions of religion, retiring from the governmental persecutions of the old world, and meeting in the new, not as enemies, but as brothers. The wants which necessarily accompany the cultivation of a wilderness produced among them a state of society, which countries long harassed by the quarrels and intrigues of governments, had neglected to cherish. In such a situation man becomes what he ought. He sees his species, not with the inhuman idea of a natural enemy, but as kindred; and the example shows to the artificial world, that man must go back to Nature for information.’
More than going back to ‘Nature for information’, the early Americans focused on the Biblical revelations of life principles for Liberty, Property and Good Government.
Execution of A Republic
The execution of the United States Republic in effect began when John Adams became President. Thomas Paine comments on John Adams ‘patronage’ in expanding government by increasing bureaucracies –
‘Patronage has a natural tendency to increase the public expense by the temptation it leads to (unless in the hands of a wise man like Franklin) to multiply offices within the gift or appointment of that patronage. John Adams, in his Administration, went upon the plan of increasing offices and officers. He expected by thus increasing his patronage, and making numerous appointments, that he should attach a numerous train of adherents to him who would support his measures and his future election.
He copied this from the corrupt system of England; and he closed his midnight labors by appointing sixteen new unnecessary judges, at an expense to the public of $32,000 annually. John counted only on one side of the case. He forgot that where there was one man to be benefited by an appointment, all the rest had to pay the cost of it; and that by attaching the one to him by patronage, he ran the risk of losing the many by disgust. And such was the consequence; and such will ever be the consequence in a free country, where men reason for themselves and from themselves, and not from the dictates of others.’
Thomas Pain wrote in his 1792 pamphlet regarding ‘Constitutional Reform’ –
‘When a man ceases to be accountable to those who elected him, and with whose public affairs he is entrusted, he ceases to be their representative, and is put in a condition of being their despot. He becomes the representative of nobody but himself. I am elected, says he, for four years; you cannot turn me out, neither am I responsible to you in the meantime. All that you have to do with me is to pay me.’
Further he adds in respect to copying elements of the British Parliament –
We have but one ORDER in America, and that of the highest degree, the ORDER OF SOVEREIGNTY, and of this ORDER every citizen is a member of his own personal right. Why then have we descended to the base imitation of inferior things? By the event of the Revolution we were put in a condition of thinking originally. The history of past ages shows scarcely anything to us but instances of tyranny and antiquated absurdities. We have copied some of them and experienced the folly of them.
Civil War Is
To keep this simple, we have been in a 100 year Civil War. Some call it the ‘culture war,’ others the ‘technocracy war’ and yet others the moral/philosophical/religious war. Regardless of a formal title, it has been and is a Civil War in that Citizens do not comprehend the ‘Order Of Sovereignty’ as Citizens nor the ultimate Sovereignty of the Biblical Reformation God that is over all government and yes, bureaucracies.
You will have to consider if the Thomas Jefferson opening statement, so often quoted, will be a reality in 2021.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
But remember that the statement is prefaced by –
What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?
What Say You?
Sam Adams Wisdom
The first six paragraphs from 1772, The Natural Rights of the Colonists –
‘Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.
All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and enter into another.
When men enter into society, it is by voluntary consent; and they have a right to demand and insist upon the performance of such conditions and previous limitations as form an equitable original compact.
Every natural right not expressly given up, or, from the nature of a social compact, necessarily ceded, remains.
All positive and civil laws should conform, as far as possible, to the law of natural reason and equity. As neither reason requires nor religion permits the contrary, every man living in or out of a state of civil society has a right peaceably and quietly to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience.
“Just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty,” in matters spiritual and temporal, is a thing that all men are clearly entitled to by the eternal and immutable laws of God and nature, as well as by the law of nations and all wellgrounded municipal laws, which must have their foundation in the former.
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