Sunday, July 05, 2009

Thomas Jefferson on the Effects of the Declaration of Independence


"May it be to the world, what I believe
it will be (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all),
the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish
ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves,
and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form
which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded
exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened,
or opening, to the rights of man."

~Thomas Jefferson

11 comments:

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

Unfortunately, those chains are being reforged - ring the Liberty Bell y'all, let's get the message out!

Son3 said...

Indeed!

Johann Van De Leeuw said...

What's your name mean, Son3?

Son3 said...

I've thought about doing a clarification post about it, but this comment will do:

I'm my Mom's third son, and when she started her blog, she had to give everything/everybody a quirky name, partly for quirky's sake, partly for privacy's sake.

There are sons 1-4, and OAO Daughter. (One and Only.)

I am Son3.

Son3 said...

Her blog:

prairiechickenlady.blogspot.com

Son3 said...

BTW, Johann, could you resend that unpublished comment and confirm the spelling, as my email provider says it isn't valid.

:(

AdamS said...

It's a shame Jefferson's vision of a worldwide revolution of self-governance, and constant advances towards more liberty, were not realised.

And he did say that each generation needs its own revolution.

How long have we gone since last overthrowing our governments? 200 years for America, 300 years for England. Maybe the superclass have become a little too comfortable on their thrones.

Bryan said...

The last line really caused me to stop and ponder..."All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man" Could almost be used as a prayer for today. Pray it's not too late. Thank You!

Son3 said...

Thanks for the comment, AdamS.

I think Jefferson even mentioned a rebellion every 20 years!

I think we've failed him.

Thanks Bryan! We often talk about it "not being too late", but what if it is "too late"?

What, in your opinion, should we do then?

Bryan said...

My opinion... When 50% of the populous can vote for benefits on the the back of the other half, elections unfortunately won't be able to save the union. We are not there yet but close. Our future may very well be similar to what is going on in Honduras. And it may one day be obama calling for the blue helmets to save his reign. Prophetic? What is unfolding daily is scary. We truly are under attack from a domestic enemy. All I can do for now is try to spread the truth. I know it really didn't answer your question. For some of us our word is still sacred and it is my vow to defend the constitution against all. As such, I hope it's not too late.

Son3 said...

No, I'd say you answered it as well as anyone can.

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