Throw Off the Shackles.


I want to follow up on the last post.  One in which I asked about the state of your freedom and rights under the Constitution.  Please read the following of a great American and think back to 9-11, remember the unity and understand the wisdom of this statement.

“It can never be too often repeated, that the time for fixing every essential right on a legal basis is while our leaders are honest, and ourselves united.  From the conclusion  of this war we shall be going down hill.  It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support.  They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded.  They will forget themselves, but in the sole faculty of making money, and never think of uniting to effect a due respect for their rights.  The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of this war, will remain on us long, will be made heavier and heavier, till our rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion.”

This piece, written by Jefferson in his book “Notes on Virginia”, was completed even prior to the end of the Revolutionary War.  Before the war was over, before the confederation was found to be too weak and before the present Constitution was ratified.  These are not the words of a man, as it has been said, was just some old white slave owner who could not know what direction the Country would go and how we could and would grow.

I submit to you that he knew far better than our politicians that serve today seem to know and he knew that over 200 years ago.  He knew the character of man to know us then and today.  We proved him more correct than even he would have believed.

Do you remember how for a short time, after 9-11, we were more Americans than Democrats or Republicans?  It, sadly, didn’t last very long, but, like in the days of the break from England, we banded mostly together against a common foe.

We once again have a common foe.  The common foe wishes to steal what little freedom you have left, that freedom which has not yet been so restricted as to be almost no longer a factor.  A foe who could care less about your rights, your way of life, your property.  One assault can be defeated with arms, the other with your right to vote.  One can be defeated with bullets and bombs, the other with information and education.

An informed people are the best securer of our freedoms.  Or so went the thoughts of Jefferson.  Were he alive today he would not believe or understand this misinformation or party line vote.  This idea that we would vote for a candidate that didn’t believe and hold the same beliefs that they do.  They would vote for someone because he or she carried a D or R behind their name.

So I have to ask; “how’s that working for you”?

Tyranny is best served in small doses until one acquires the taste for it.  Democrats and Republicans have been serving this dish for almost a 100 years.  A bit left, a bit more and then a less shift to the right and back to left again.  Every step left is a loss of freedom and responsibility of the individual, the more power the Government gains,

The business of government is to create crisis so that government is more necessary.  Government isn’t the answer, it’s the problem.


“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”


2 Responses to “Throw Off the Shackles.”

  1. Jim - TN Says:

    Chas, that’s an interesting piece. I think it’s interesting how Pat brought up patriotism and 9/11. A couple of months ago my wife and I were talking about how what America needs is another 9/11 to bring back patriotism and how unfortunate that it has to be that way. On 9/11 and 9/12, there was no black or white or hispanic or asian or anything else. There was Us and Them.

    I was working with the NY National Guard and I am here to tell you, the closer you get to NYC, the less people forget. It was amazing to me. I have travel all over the country in the last 2 years and as time goes on, 9/11 is mostly used as a reference point in time.

    Example: The last time I was in an airport was pre-9/11.

    In NYC 9/11 is still US and THEM.

  2. Pat Says:

    thats a very powerful piece and very eye opening i do rememeber all the patriotism that was shown after 9-11 all the flags flying how quickly people forget there is a documentary about 9-11 that i have seen numerous times on national geographic it should be required viewing once a month to remind people what happened

    many people dont use the privilege of the vote the just take it for granted maybe if more people paid attention and voted we could change things but i dont think that will ever happen we take too much for granted in this country

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