Thomas Jefferson

Yes, the Government Should Fear the People

Every inch of US territory is a Constitutionally guaranteed free-speech zone. I am all for arresting and prosecuting without mercy any government employee–including military–who attempt to limit the size or scope of this zone. During the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management set up “free-speech zones.” I prefer to call them “First Amendment pens.” The government uses these pens to segregate people. The US government says, “If you want to speak your mind, you may do so only within the pen.
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Jefferson on Debt

With the debt ceiling negotiations closing in, it’s worth looking to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was very opposed to federal government borrowing. (He was less concerned with states borrowing.) What I love about the quote below is Jefferson’s concern for leisure time. “To preserve [the] independence [of the people,] we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
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