Says it all really :laugh
Jefferson figured a revolution would be necessary to preserve liberty every 20 years or so. Otherwise he suspected that government would slowly become more and more powerful and would shortly become too powerful to be easily overthrown at which point it would be free to spiral out of controll further supressing liberty. History has proven him correct I think.I've been thinking about it alot recently ... seems there are a few countries around the world that could benefit from a revolution, an uprising of the people to overthrow the governments.
And Madison constantly warned us that we ought fear the gradual encroachment of our own government on our liberties much more than a violent attacker. Something we would do well to remember in the post 911 world."god forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion . . . the tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. it is it's natural manure."
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.....The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.