“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
– Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Our greatest of Founding Fathers and our third U.S. president had it right: “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, but when the government fears the people there is liberty!” Knowing that the government over time since our founding as a free nation would grow very corrupt and oppressive, Thomas Jefferson predicted and advocated revolution, even a violent one when necessary – in effect to clean out the swamp that would necessarily seek to gobble up liberty. While he saw some government as necessary evil, he thus had a huge fear about its ultimately enslaving the lives of American citizens, as it had in France, where he also was one of the architects of its bloody revolution.
Today, 243 years after his having penned the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson’s prophecy has come to be sadly realized. Not since the days of King George III has the citizenry been subjected to the degree of tyranny we now are forced to swallow from not just corrupt politicians and so-called government leaders, but those who put them in power and support them.
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