Saturday, June 13, 2009


What Would Jefferson Do?

Imagine, for a moment, Thomas Jefferson being transported to 2009. I know that is a well-worn cliche, but indulge me for a moment.

Imagine that the government told him his analog TV set must be discarded or he must pay to have it upgraded.

Imagine that the government told him that he must begin buying certain lightbulbs in 2014, whether he likes it or not.

Imagine that the government fined him for his tobacco production and smoking.

Imagine that he sees his president elect a woman for the Supreme Court who says that one's upbringing and emotional experiences should over-ride objective laws in one's interpretation of the Constitution.

Imagine that he sees his government take over the investiture, hiring, firing and salary-decision making at major companies.

Imagine that he sees the president cow-tow to the Moors and equivocate on the morality of the West and the barbarians.

Imagine that the government told him his wealth is to be confiscated and given to automobile companies and financial institutions and lazy people and sick people and old people and farmers and foreign countries.

Imagine that the government told him that he must purchase medical insurance whether he wants to or not.

The man who believes in rendering unto Caesar would have no problem with all of the above, but the venerable Jefferson would find his blood boiling and, I imagine, would have one primary thing to say before he grabbed his gun and headed for D.C.:

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

It's time for blood.

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