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  •  Shays Rebellion/Tree Of Liberty/Blood Of Idiots (24+ / 0-)

    The funny thing about the wingnuts favorite "tree of liberty" quote is that Jefferson is talking about Shay's Rebllion and that those guys were a bunch of doofuses.  Also, killing a few people like that was not unexpected.


    ....I say nothing of it's motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. 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..... Let them take arms.

    The remedy is to set them right as to 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....

    James Iredell on Shays' Rebellion in the Federalist Papers:
    ....We have seen a happy instance of the good effect of such an exercise of mercy in  the state of Massachusetts, where, very lately, there was so formidable an insurrection. I believe a great majority of the insurgents were drawn into it by false artifices. They at length saw their error, and were willing to disband. Government, by a wise exercise of lenity, after having shown its power, generally granted a pardon; and the whole party were dispersed. There is now as much peace in that country as in any state in the Union.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 06:38:15 PM PST

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    •  Ha, Tea Party folks (5+ / 0-)
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      mmacdDE, cany, a2nite, Janet 707, BYw

      No wonder the Tea Party people never set that 'tree of liberty' line in its full context.  It requires little imagination to know how Jefferson would view our would-be insurrectionists.  

      Thanks for posting this, good insights.

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