What's your thoughts on this quote?

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

-Thomas Jefferson

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I read the answers you've received thus far, and am inclined to mostly agree with S O. This particular quote has been misinterpreted and misused of late by cult-evangelical and white supremacist extremists within the zealot-controlled GOP to threaten the life of the first decent leadership this nation has had in eight years. Tim McVeigh and his cohort Terry Nichols, the Oklahoma City bomber duo who killed 168 innocent Americans and injured nearly 700 others---people who had never once harmed either of them---had this slogan in their possession, McVeigh's found on the seat of his vehicle when captured. The idiot redneck with the loaded assault rifle at a presidential event a few months back was carrying this slogan on a large sign and showing off his small-penis-compensatory loaded weapon for the TV cameras. The nutjob right-wing Republican who went armed into a Holocaust Museum in Washington DC (a Jewish monument, so prejudice and white supremacy seems to be the order of the day for these fanatics) and shot the elderly black security guard who had simply opened the door for him had this slogan on a flyer in his vehicle. The crazed murderer who shot a licensed doctor who was attending church with his family and the defenders of this religious fanatic (Republican right-wingers all) made use of this quote to "defend" violating the law, the Constitution, and the doctor's and his family's civil rights.

    How do you think Iraqis would interpret this quote after the United States destroyed their way of life, intruded upon their sovereignty in violation of international law, and illegally invaded their Muslim country in violation of the Sharia law by which they live, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis (children and women among them)? Would you say that an Iraqi whose entire family had been killed by one or more of the 2000-lb. bombs Bush/Cheney ordered dropped onto sleeping neighborhoods would be justified in using this same quote to "justify" attempting to destroy Americans wherever they were? The Muslim detainees who were subjected to brutal torture by tyrannical government under Bush/Cheney...would they now be justified in making use of this quote against their oppressors and the government who authorized the torture?

    These undereducated bigots and bullies who now try to misuse the intent and meaning of the quote, especially when it comes to defining the words "patriot" and "tyrant" (where were they when Cheney set up his shadow government in violation of our Constitution or when Bush/Cheney decided to forego the required FISA warrant and began tapping Americans' phones illegally...?), are domestic terrorist wannabes and should be treated accordingly. We, the people, VOTED, and we, the majority of Americans, chose the leaders we want to fix the unholy messes caused by TOTALITARIAN Republican extremist rule (House, Senate, Courts, White House) that led to the global meltdown of our economy, a complete breakdown in our international relationships, an illegal and unholy war in Iraq (costing billions of dollars per week), corporate takeover of our government---at least the portion of our government that was not already infiltrated and seized by the Michael Farris cult (Goldberg, 2006) or the Washington DC-based "Christian Mafia" (a.k.a., "The Family") cult that owns the notorious C Street House and which has way too much power over the Republicans in the House and Senate, as well as connections to cult-leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon

    (Sharlett, 2008). I personally think the uneducated extremists who are choosing to make use of this quote at this time are threats to our democracy, because President Obama and the Democrats a majority of the voters chose to lead us out of danger have done NOTHING to warrant being called "tryants" but the Republicans who have chosen to use this label for consumer-protecting Democrats are exhibiting all the signs and symptoms of tyranny (they ARE the tyrants against whom they now rant, so their fanatical egomaniacal rantings need to be turned toward the REAL enemies of the American way: THEMSELVES.

    Source(s): "The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy" by ex-conservative right-wing insider David Brock (now with Media Matters). Available on amazon.com. Goldberg, Michelle (2006), "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of 'Christian' Nationalism." NY: WW Norton. Sharlett, Jeff (2008), "The 'Family': The Secret Fundamentalism Behind American Power." NY: Harper. [Written after going undercover at the cult-owned C Street House in Washington DC.]
  • 1 decade ago

    I think its a good quote. Here's some others by Thomas Jefferson.

    'My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.'

    'That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.''

    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not".

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it's about that time again.

    Anyone who loves the constitution can be considered a patriot. Anyone who undermines it can be considered a tyrant.

    "The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous."

    Shall we begin?

  • S O
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Thomas Jefferson.... A true liberal progressive, this is just one of many good quotes of his. Alas, how far this country has fallen from what he had envisioned for us, that we now mainly get stuck with politicians that are nothing more than corporate sell-outs... just about all of the repub's and great many of the dem's.

    Unfortunately, if there was no uprising under Bush with all of the damage and failures under him, then I doubt now will be the time. Obama may not be perfect but anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that he is a heck of a lot better than Bush/Cheney, or any of the realistic Republican candidates that might replace him.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Liberty taken for granted is liberty lost.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lets spill our blood on our turf not others

  • 1 decade ago

    Tom must have had a crystal ball.

  • 1 decade ago

    That's probably right.

  • 1 decade ago

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