Liberty: When Government Fears the People
Larry Klayman quotes Jefferson in arguing for defensive militias
By Larry Klayman
January 18, 2019
"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.
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