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TR 520 - Thomas Jefferson & the Spirit of Resistance

TR 520 - Thomas Jefferson & the Spirit of Resistance

Looking to history to extract some wisdom on how to solve America's problems.

Take a guess.

Why do you suppose these headlines were all floating out in the news this morning:

I’m sure you’ve picked up on the theme here. Personally, I find it highly odd that the word “assassination” would be used in so many headlines in one day, across both left-leaning and right-leaning outlets. The leftists are suggesting that Team Trump might be thinking about assassinating political rivals (projecting much?), while the right-side is hopping up and down with audio and video evidence of journalists exposing their dark secret desire and joking about assassinating Donald Trump.

In a self-affirming fashion, these articles support the conjecture that “violent political threats” are surging in the new year. This is said to be a “threat to democracy.”

The much greater threat is the gross manipulation of public perception, and the intentional priming of a national mood that’s set to boil over in a hung election and a civil war, just as the predictive programming and Bill Gates have predicted.

They are priming the American public for violence.

While naive individuals may wonder why that is, the answer is abundantly clear. Though liberals often quip that “violence doesn’t solve anything,” in the natural order of things, violence is a very direct and effective means of solving all sorts of problems. Imagine a predator breaks into your home, grabs your wife or child by the hair, and starts dragging them out of the house. Here, as in infinite other examples, violence is the clear and righteous solution to quickly eliminate the threat.

Put differently, violence is Nature’s way of delivering justice.

This is the root of Thomas Jefferson’s famous saying:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Though most of the audience is probably familiar with the phrase, today I’d like to flesh out the context of the remarks. In his 1787 letter to William Stephens Smith, Jefferson paints a picture of a situation not dissimilar to our own:

Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves.”

You see, the American rebels, who had fought to the death to liberate themselves from the tyranny of taxation without representation and the crown, were being relentlessly portrayed as anarchists by the media. So prolific was the propaganda, so well-formed were the lies being repeated and spread throughout the world, that the masses, the ministers, and even much of the American public had begun to believe them. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

Jefferson goes on:

“Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusetts? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.

Here Jefferson demands proof of this anarchy. He points to the Boston Tea Party as the singular instance that might be considered anarchy, and quickly points out that this “instance of rebellion” was honorably conducted. Despite perhaps being ignorant in motive—which is a questionable speculation—there were clearly no wicked intentions in the act. To me, the correlations to J6 are glaringly obvious.

But the greatest takeaway from Jefferson’s analysis of this defiant act is this:

God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.

God forbid we should ever go twenty years without American patriots standing up against the ever-growing largess of government authority. That’s what he’s saying.

Why would he say such a thing? He expounds:

The people can not 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 a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.”

Now THAT is a juicy passage, is it not?!

The public cannot always be well-informed. That’s a no-brainer. I’d say that in the modern era, fewer people are well-informed than ever before, and as predicted, people are “discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive.” In other words, people who have been misinformed are in an emotional tizzy because they perceive Trump as a threat to Democracy and MAGA as a threat to America.

Another poignant example of people’s outrage being proportionate to the facts they misperceive, are the millions of mindless minions who believe that humanity is destroying the planet. I’d love to speculate on Jefferson’s opinion of the climate crazies, but that would be getting lost in the weeds.

What Thomas Jefferson points out here, is that if the people “remain quiet under such misconceptions,” the death of liberty is drawing near. He points to lethargy, which is synonymous with apathy, as being the indication that the public has lost its appetite for truth and defending freedom. To emphasize what’s being said here, I suspect Jefferson would vigorously chide American conservatives for sitting on their ass under the misconception that there is nothing they can do—and point to the climate crazies, BLM, and Antifa as prime examples of getting off your ass and doing something.

At least these radical leftists are actively fighting back against their misconceptions, as opposed to waiting for somebody else to take action, or hoping that the government corrects course all on its own and assuming that justice will somehow magically assert itself. Gluing oneself to a tarmac, torching police cars, and smashing up local businesses certainly has a greater political impact than wishful thinking.

Again, violence does solve some problems—sometimes.

To contrast, lethargy and apathy have never solved a damn thing.

Which is why Jefferson continues with this:

“What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”

When rulers realize that the public no longer has a “spirit of resistance,” there is no barrier to them running rough-shod over the entire population, imposing arbitrary rules, regulations, and taxation on a whim, fully enriching themselves and their ever-growing network of government cronies, while citizens are made to suffer under the boot of tyranny for as long as they will tolerate the abuse.

No doubt the wise can draw the parallels to American politics today.

Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant human being. His words and insights are as compelling and applicable today as they were 237 years ago. No country can preserve the blessings of liberty unless the rulers are warned and reminded that people hold the ultimate power, and this power is preserved in the spirit of resistance.

As I often say, resistance is the spice of life, and therefore: RESIST WE MUST.

It is my sincere belief that the J6 protest was intended to be a peaceful reminder that We The People hold the ultimate power and authority under the United States Constitution, and that we peacefully demand accountability to the rule of law, especially when it comes to rigging presidential elections.

Unfortunately, as Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) recently made clear in a Tucker Carlson interview, there were at least 200 undercover government agents embedded in the crowd, who were able to successfully provoke the sort of staged chaos that impugned the rest of the peaceful protesters. The J6 show trials later allowed the government to rewrite history, and the incessant propaganda demonizing MAGA extremists—who were peacefully demonstrating their Constitutional rights—has warped much of the public’s understanding of what happened that day.

Misconceptions abound.

But those who are aware of these facts “remain quiet under such misconceptions.”

In effect, this allows the government to portray these peaceful protesters as violent insurrectionists. Or, put differently, it allows the evildoers to point fingers and claim that the “good guys” are actually the bad guys. It’s a complete inversion of reality.

Government agents stole an election in broad daylight, in order to maintain their grip on absolute power, and flex their authoritarian rule over the American people.

Millions of Americans understand this. That’s why Trump is crushing other presidential contenders, because he was the voice and choice of the American people in 2020, and he remains the voice of the American people to this day. Millions of people believe that Trump was supposed to be the president, and they are very passionately attempting to deliver him to his rightful position as president.

Of course, obviously there are also millions of Americans who believe an entirely different story. To quote David Strom over at Hot Air this morning:

In liberals’ minds, Trump is self-evidently a fascist. The media tells them so. The president tells them so. Their political representatives tell them so. Their friends tell them so.”


Those who believe that Trump is a fascist are acting on that belief. They are energized and motivated, and if Donald Trump gets elected, you can bet your ass they’re ready to burn the house down in order to protect “democracy” against their misconception that Trump is a tyrant. As previously discussed, that just might be the plan.

The solution to all of this is subject to personal interpretation, but I’m going to hang my hat on the words of Thomas Jefferson:

“The remedy is to set them right as to facts… 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 it’s natural manure.”

Friends, if all hell does break loose this year, remember this: this fight has been a long time coming, and even though we didn’t start the fight, American patriots sure as hell better be ready to finish it. We cannot remain silent. We must remind our rulers that the American spirit is alive and well, and the spirit of resistance is rising up.



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