For Jefferson tyranny was a serious issue. He spoke of tyranny often. Read the Declaration of Independence. Many of his quotes are just as meaningful today as when originally voiced. Although there have been major changes over the 200 years of Jefferson’s day many other things remain the same. Jefferson tyranny warnings are as important today as they were for him. Perhaps we need to pay better attention.
What exactly is the meaning of Tyranny? From Webster’s Dictionary: Tyranny:
1. The office, authority, government, or jurisdiction of a tyrant, or absolute ruler, 2. Oppressive and unjust government; despotism (absolute rule), 3. Very cruel and unjust, use of power or authority 4. Harshness; rigor; severity
1. An absolute ruler; in ancient Greece, etc. one who seized sovereignty illegally; usurper 2. A cruel oppressive ruler; despot 3. Any person who exercises authority in an oppressive manner
For Jefferson tyranny was mentioned with some humor when he said, “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”
Unfortunately the truth of his statement outweighs its humor.
How is the Jefferson Tyranny Evident Today?
Where do we see tyranny in our government today? Many stories, true stories, are more than apparent. Too many in fact.
Gun Control – is One Example of the Jefferson Tyranny warning
The rhetoric from government is that registration and control of guns will make our country safer. Historically however, this has proven to be a first step toward the disarming of honest citizens.
Hitler said, “To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.” Adolph Hitler, 1933
He also said, “This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!” Adolf Hitler, 1935
Jefferson Tyranny Warning
Jefferson had a different point of view about this issue, long before Hitler.
He said, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
Criminals can always find a way secure weapons. Citizens need self-protection. We need to be able to secure weapons, honestly and without registration.
Information Gathering emphasizes what Jefferson tyranny warnings were about.
Secret gathering of personal information is being done like never before. The NSA is not only gathering emails but recording phone calls looking for certain key words. Our internet activity is being monitored, credit card activity and purchases are logged. They know everything about us. If you have not already seen the movie AMERICA, it is a Must See!
Magazines we read, groups we belong to, commercial travel as well as where we drive is all being monitored. WOW, that almost sounds like a police state! Plus, there is much more being recorded all in the name of protection from terrorists.
Lack of Transparency is yet another warning of Jefferson tyranny
There are a host of areas where transparency is absent and where corruption is evident.
- Benghazi facts are distorted or still hidden from public view.
- The immigration of illegal children, who are now being called refugees, are illegally entering the US from a number of countries. They are transported to several states without notification to state authorities. Their identity and health conditions hidden.
- IRS has police type force, and crashed servers have lost many important emails which are being demanded by Congress. Many other issues are all being held in tight control. Transparency in federal government is limited or non-existent.
There’s more, such as government corruption in the highest offices throughout the Congress and the Senate and probably beyond. Then there’s the armament purchases of the DHS, the dumbing down of education and the hidden and misinformation of ObamaCare not to mention the abundance of lies. This country is still great but our actions and recent government policies bring to mind all too forcibly the Jefferson tyranny warnings.
Quotes Regarding the Jefferson Tyranny Warnings
For Jefferson tyranny comes upon the people quietly and he warned us to be watchful.
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” ? Thomas Jefferson
“We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.” ? Thomas Jefferson
“The executive power in our government is not the only, perhaps not even the principal, object of my solicitude. The tyranny of the legislature is really the danger most to be feared, and will continue to be so for many years to come. The tyranny of the executive power will come in its turn, but at a more distant period.” ? Thomas Jefferson, Democracy in America
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ? Thomas Jefferson
“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions indeed generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions, as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.” ? Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson
A Few Others Voices on Jefferson Tyranny Warnings
“The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people’s money away quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.” ? Thomas Sowell
“In reality, though, the first thing to ask of history is that it should point out to us the paths of liberty. The great lesson to draw from revolutions is not that they devour humanity but rather that tyranny never fails to generate them.” ? Pierre Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister.
“I do not deny, however, that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the Whites.” ? Nelson Mandela
“We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices…. Government has to make those choices for people.” ? Hilary Rodham Clinton
“The only way to make a difference is to acquire power.” ? Hilary Rodham Clinton
Another warning a little closer to our era than was Jefferson. Notice how similar, powerful and how current.