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Do you know what that Jefferson quote REALLY means?

So i've been seeing complaints of the man who had a concealed weapon at one of the townhall meetings carrying the sign saying "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Apparently, this was seen as a threat, especially because he had the gun strapped to his leg.

So ladies of the P&CE section, what does this quote REALLY mean to you? Here it is in full below:


Asked by BEXi at 4:54 PM on Aug. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It means when your gov starts to step over the line tredding on our liberty. They need a reminder that the power belongs to US not THEM.

    Answer by Carpy at 5:03 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • "God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
    The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
    wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
    they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
    it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ...
    And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not
    warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
    resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
    to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
    in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
    time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    It is its natural manure."

    Answer by BEXi at 4:54 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • it explains why the 2nd admendment is so important. We need to be able to defend ourselves against nut jobs like the one we just got rid of

    Answer by mamak57 at 5:05 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • Who are the patriots and who are the tyrants?? That is very subjective and therein lies the problem, no? Maybe the downfall of the GOP is remedying the world's wrong, maybe that is the warning the leaders needed, there are many ways to look at it.


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:07 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • I believe this quote means that us Americans should NOT fear our government, but instead the government should fear us! We're the leaders of this country, not those loons in the White House who have a case of power hunger and it's time to take back what is ours. ;)

    Answer by BEXi at 5:07 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • It means WE control the government not the other way around. It means we are the ones who uphold our rights when the government fails us.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 5:08 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • The actual meaning of the quote, or it's intention doesn't matter. It's what the guy carrying the gun thinks it means. It's like everything else, it can be taken and twisted to suit someone elses needs. Was he thinking about the need to voice his opinion? Or was he thinking about retribution for a percieved wrong?

    Answer by gludwig2000 at 5:09 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • I think people are reading the quote too literally and taking it as a threat.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:10 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • Amen sisters of Liberty! It is time for us to let the government remember who they work for.


    Answer by tyme4me2day at 5:13 PM on Aug. 11, 2009

  • It means that freedom and liberty aren't free. You have to invest yourselves in it. There are those who count on the "silent majority" staying silent and accepting the status quo. It is only with rebellion (even a mild dose of it) that our freedoms and our liberties can be appreciated. I think that the thought has to be taken seriously. This is the man who is credited in crafting our Constitution. If he demands we get involved in keeping his work healthy, then who am I to refuse?

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:14 PM on Aug. 11, 2009