See if you can guess the name of the man who spoke these words:
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
“The said constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
“It is a very great mistake to imagine that the object of loyalty is the authority and interest of one individual man, however dignified by the applause or enriched by the success of popular actions.”
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”
“How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!”
So, what kind of troublemaking, rabble-rousing, domestic terrorist would utter such incendiary statements?
It’s very interesting to read the words of true patriotic men like Sam Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and all the rest of their ilk.
It’s also interesting that people today who make similar statements which, if not quite as eloquent, are at least in the same ballpark – Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Alex Jones, Lee Rogers, to name but a few – are shunned, ignored, ridiculed, and/or vilified.
And, most probably, also very closely watched.