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July 4, 2009

Let us assume the blessings and security of self-government

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on July 4, 2009

The following is excerpted from a letter of Thomas Jefferson dated June 24, 1826 regarding the upcoming celebration of the 50th anniversary of declaring independence.


May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.


This was the last letter written by Mr. Jefferson who died ten days laterĀ on July 4.

The complete letter is available from the Library of Congress.

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Comment by christopher tingus

July 4, 2009 @ 9:11 am

Thomas Jefferson, a man like Lincoln, two genuine statesman and gentlemen I have read much about, Thomas watching CNN and Fox today seeing the thugs of Tehran beating its own proud, astute Persian youth (Nada)as well as elders, individuals so well educated and enlightened as to the dasdardly ambitions of the self-imposed imposters….

Thomas watching CNN and Fox today and seeing the intentional lack of transparency depicted by Paulson and the good ‘ol beltway boys on both sides of the aisle and the infamous Wall Street bonus babes losing $750 Billion in front of their eyes and ours as easily as our penney roles under the refrigerator and not a flutter of the eye….

Thomas Jefferson would be aghast at this broken promises and this administration’s expansion of government control and support of the “Barney-Pelosi” mentality that government knows best, well…If you cared to even read, never mind understand the lessons of history, there is no doubt that Thomas Jefferson would have called everyone to arms and that’s exactly what is happening, gun sales and ammunition have skyrocketed, people in the villages as well as prarie are very rightfully quite distrustful of those they have “entrusted” to serve public office and Jefferson’s call to let the revolution begin has already begun with tea bags by the spirited and weary, yet vigilant eyes on those seeking further imposition of fees and taxes on the good people w/no self-compromise or ethical sense of accountability!

This great nation and its most charitable people are becoming impoverished over night at the intentional planning to make an effort to strong arm Mr. & Mrs. Citizen Joe on every tax.

For the people and by the people and while AfPak falls to the Taliban and Egypt is besieged and tips the scales to the shock and awe of Amman, Thomas Jefferson has never forgotten the individuals who left European soil to seek freedom and independence from church and state and the taxes and taxes it imposed. We have always been a beacon of hope for so, so many….

Today, on this 4th of July celebration, (we) have no where to go other than to stand tall against the Taliban and AQ, against the thugs who prefer tyranny versus encouraging individual rights, and to seek transparency and ethical commitment from those who seek to serve the interests of the majority versus their own self-agenda and coffers.

God Bless Thomas Jefferson.

Hurry to the bookstore! Read about this man so enlightened and like others understood the need to guard against the tax collector who prefers to print trillions in “fiat dollars” knowing that by doing so, the dollar will be devalued and inflation will erode the quality of Life as we have aspired to since our founding Fathers were willing to stamd tall against the King and say, “Sir, no more!” Words being echoed here on these shores as well!

Happy Birthday fellow neighbors and friends for government is – you – and not the foolhearty ones in our midst at local, state and national level who tout arrogant demeanor in lust for power and control rather than understanding that they are at the beck and call of the people and nothing more….Their self-indulgence, their incestuous ways as depicted in their applause of one another is without question…well, let’s see what you intend to do about it for this is your watch, your vote and this is your Republic!

Lest you all understand that the clock is ticking and
rescinding the wrongs imposed at least by repentence is within your choice.

The unchartered path today of weakened principles is unwise and adverse to the principles of this Nation founded on the Judeo-Christian values which are being willfully undermined.

It is time to call for your sword and shield to be held with strength and conviction for man’s destiny will be determined by good versus the evil doers.

I will tell you that Thomas Jefferson would never have met with the blood stained hands of the Syrians as James Carter did in closed door session with no account of his discussions to the sitting administration at the time.

A Syrian regime of thugs,nothing more than a self-imposed regime so beholden to the Iranian thugs who have been very involved in the killings and and wounding of our youngest without a concern for international law.

Carter, who has been so blatently anti-Israel over the many years and a fella I saw one afternoon in Athens strolling the ruins with folks clearly identified with communist supporters….When I saw him again in Cairo the same week, I wouldn’t bother to walk the same walkway as he is not axios, not worthy of respect as a past President or as an American.

What did James Carter as a US citizen tell the
Syrians during that meeting? Coupled wih the present administration and its recent remarks to the world of Islam who chooses to behead Americans and Europeans on television before the world, we have much to be concerned about from within and from yonder….One wonders why we gave up so many of our young during WWII and freed the world of evil to allow so many today to feel so entitled without adhering to the laws of God and respect for human Life who he has Blessed every human being!

Thank you Mr. Thomas Jefferson for your inspiration always reminds us of the necessity to make every stride to reach to a higher standard, though vigilant and prepared to strike those that seek our demise….

In God we trust.

Christopher Tingus
64 Whidah Drive
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 5, 2009 @ 7:20 am

I recently attended a conference and spoke on theme that science informs but does not decide. Men and Women make the decisions. It does seem that the political class is driven by job retention as politicians not what is right or what is necessary for long term success of the people of the US or the world. Okay is it greed. I attended law school when the whole institutional design was solely defense of the corporate world. NO environmental law. NO Civil Liberties discussion. NO Civil Rights discussion. Yet my graduating class did have a number of people inspired by the JFK speech on what can you do for your country as opposed to asking what your country can do for you. It now appears that the center-right Democrats only looking liberal in the context of the opposition. We certainly now see that “Change” did not mean reform. How doe we know? What actual policies or issues has President Obama and his administration gone to the mat for when the smorgasboard of policy choices and issues cry out for reform. This leaves the Republicans to be the reform party. Doubt that they will seize the opportunity so my theory espoused since Perot ran in 1992 causing the minority President Clinton to be elected is that we are in a long-term decline of both parties and no “Green Shoots” of political parties are probably forming just below the horizons. Corporate taxation is about a nullity now. I would force dividends to be issued by corporations with profits. Also would end employment contracts at will for corporations exceeding 250 employees. Certain standard employment clauses concerning termination benefits including training and education stipends would allow captialism to reprogram those who can. The STATE governments have stupidly allowed their position as the laboratories of democracy to wither stimulated in part by the ease of just turning into grand administration vehicles for the feds. The Congress and the Executive Branch really need to look hard at what level of government can do the best at variousl tasks. MediCade should be standardized and a federal not STATE funded program. Same for unemployment funding and administration. We are a nation and both these need national standards and administration. We need to ensure that the entire spectrum of public safety is brought to high standards and supported financially because of NATIONAL not STATE and LOCAL needs. I am suggesting a federal contribution annually of anywhere from 15 -25% of costs of personnel, equipment, logistics, training, deployment in national events (disasters?) etc. We don’t need to ignore the 2.2 million in the STATE and LOCAL Fire Service or the 1 million Police officers. Let’s get something back for this investment. STATES should pick up all costs of disasters on some scale say 10-100 million depending on size and federal role only where the STATES have shown cancelled checks and where STATE or LOCAL governments are rendered NON-OP by the disaster. Let’s have no direct Federal property insurance programs, reinsurance only and then only for STATES that get serious about climate change and coastal development. Turn flood insurance in inland/riverine over to STATES and insurance business totatlly. Let the FEDS concentrate on Coastal Issues and policies. And let’s end the domination of DOD on civil government policy issues. Already DOD owes in excess of a Trillion together with DOE for its atomic era lack of environmental effort. Do we want to look like the reality of a permanently environmentally damaged Russia? Reward those in federal government who through collaboration and cooperation and competence strive to avoid duplication and waste, fraud and abuse. Stop underfunding and understaffing the OIGs. let’s get serious about the civil service. Go back to testing for employment and make the appointees all have job descriptions based on what they are legally delegated to do and accomplish and the Senate needs to stop confirming billy goats when it needs some seeing eye dogs. Congress restore OTA fast and make sure you understand the science of what is facing US and the world. Let’s face it an argument can be made that we should no longer focus on the domestic politics of the US because NOW our collective fate will be sealed by the competence of our interaction with the world. Give the STATE department what it needs to make sure that we avoid warfare as foreign policy and then if cannot avoid it as a last resort. Stop using Munich as rationale for why we must deploy armed forces world-wide. Who really threatens US? I argue our own incompetence, ego, and hubris? Maybe this is the real fate of mankind! Good post and good comment by Chris!

Comment by Mrs. B

July 6, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

To Christopher:

I agree that our own government is out of control in the ways you mention, that it’s insanity what takes place in Congress. But you don’t acknowledge that the US is guilty of inflicting far worse acts of terrorism upon innocent people, that we’ve all been hoodwinked by a false ‘war on terror’ into destroying whole nations for absolutely no reason. Quote:

“Today, on this 4th of July celebration, (we) have no where to go other than to stand tall against the Taliban and AQ”

?? What does this have to do with American independence? What proof does anyone have that the Taliban or AQ has ever harmed the US? AQ is a false boogeyman formed by our own CIA in the 1980s; bin Laden was & is a CIA asset. The supposed 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia with whom Pres. Bush exchanged kisses and corporate interests. Their movements were known to the CIA & FBI long before 9/11 and their visas were fast-tracked so they could enter the US in time for the 9/11 attacks.

Would Thomas Jefferson applaud the US’s destruction of innocent people around the world for no reason at all except a false-flag terrorist attack aided by a corrupt US government that used this pretext for taking away our remaining liberties?

“…the world of Islam… chooses to behead Americans and Europeans on television before the world”

While the world of Christian America (and the west)captures innocent people including CHILDREN from the streets of their own countries, transports them covertly to secret jails around the world and tortures them indefinitely with no trial. The torture techniques include RAPE, sodomy with various objects, and CRUCIFIXION. Hundreds have died in US custody from the direct results of TORTURE, hundreds remain imprisoned without trial and are STILL BEING TORTURED.

One difference between the ‘evil empires of Islam’ and the US: we don’t air these videos on television. We destroy them before investigations can take place and deny that any such thing ever happened. We suppress the thousands of pictures revealing US soldiers in the act of torturing prisoners because ‘it might put our soldiers at risk’. Iraq’s Maliki turned white as a sheet at the thought of those pictures being released because every Iraqi man no matter his tribe would rise up and kill every US soldier he could find.

What words of wisdom would Mr. Jefferson have about that?

Would he applaud US expansion of a useless illegal war in Afghanistan into the neighboring country of Pakistan, killing more wedding parties, more children, creating 2 million new refugees, lacing the countryside with toxic materials such as was done to Iraq so that survivors will suffer birth defects and sickness for a million years?

The US has become a deranged monster and its only hope is for Americans to see this truth and rise up to stop it. I am quite sure Mr. Jefferson would address that issue first and foremost. I believe he would say a new American Revolution is in order.

Comment by christopher tingus

July 7, 2009 @ 11:58 pm

Dear Mrs. B(?),

Thank you for your willing response which is sincerely appreciated for all sides of a story must be objectively conveyed as well as “substantiated” with – both – sides listening “attentively” to these substantiated concerns even if differing in perspective. We can all learn from one another….

I do preface my comments to follow by stating that those recruiting vulnerable young people encouraging them to carry out suicide bombings or murdering innocents or depicting gruesome scenes of brutality on television are not justified in any sense in a civilized 21st century! In the same manner, if in fact your assertions are true to the degree you claim, then no individual nor any nation under God goes unnoticed, not even our government officials here in this country which (we) Love and a nation which has reached out to save so many from such oppression….

For those truly believing in God, professing outright cold-blooded murder as we saw when Nada was slain amongst her articulate peers, well educated young Persians with such a rich culture and contribution to mankind only to be clubbed and beaten by the “Thugs of Tehran” the same who have killed so many American soldiers directly and indirectly….

Those seeking to murder innocents for the sake of capturing headlines in an attempt to further a statement or cause, an unacceptable action….

The innocents are Mr. & Mrs. Citizen Joe who truly have little access to local, state and national government officials whether in Manila or Amman or anywhere USA….Enough is enough. Let’s clasp hands and seek repentence for no one should throw the first stone as the clock ticks and good versus evil!

Just as we have briefly introduced ourselves herein utilizing this very useful web site to express and share opinion and have shared some initial perspective whether contrary or not, it is time for more folks to begin meaningful discussions not to impose values, but, rather to better understand why we make the choices we do from shore to shore. We are all influenced by our surroundings and we must acknowledge such….

It is apparent globally that many supposedly serving the public interest, men and women we have “entrusted” to make appropriate decisions for the majority, have failed us from the first man-made government in Babylon to the present international consortium of self-serving, arrogant thugs who profess the evil among us versus the grace of the Lord!

I am of Greek (Hellenic-Spartan) descent of Grandparents who sailed to the great Republic, the beacon of hope to so, so many as so many still today stand in lines each and every morning filing proper paperwork, adhering to laws to patiently wait their turn to place their hand over heart to pledge allegiance to a great nation and its most charitable people. A USA which has made contribution in every discipline and made more direct contribution than even my cousin, Alexander the Great with his global empire….

I do not concur whatsoever with your 9/11 scenario though if you or anyone else can present evidence, Mr. & Mrs. Citizen Joe would be first to condemn and hold those accountable to such action. Again, let me retierate my assertion that the “innocent” killed on a bus or on the street and in a building really has little to do with polticians and governance.

Look today at the broken promises of the obviously Obama administration encompassed by the “emptiness” of the Pelosi-Frank mentality….

Only 10% of the stimulus monies stolen by Wall Street and the “good ‘ol beltway boys” has been infused into society even though Barney Frank and Pelosi rushed the agenda emphasizing the need to get the monies into Main Street USA immediately…

Outrageous I say this Paulson et al standing in front of the Anerican people stating that $760billion cannot be accounted for…An obviously intentional manipulation in strategy to take care of the insiders, a hoax quite apparent to Americans from coast to coast with this administration’s promises of socialism to be dealt with a swift hand to the shock and awe of the policy makers and even the President.

A President by the way that should not be diminishing our nuclear arsenal as the Putin KGB can never be trusted and from what media reports, rogue nations and others are doing their utmost to secure WMD power….

(As a side note, if China really wanted to use its big stick on the North Korean drunkards, it would promptly convey its dictate, however the “Beijing fellas” prefer to maintain existing tensions….

An interesting further note, while the west continues to promote “religious wrestlemania” the Chinese are stockpiling precious metals, arranging long term oil supplies and garnishing natural resoirces from one continent to the next in preparation for the 21st century….

Imagine China hiring some of the brightest 128,000 scientists and engineers at one company alone to manufacture auto batteries and other production innovations while the Middle East continues to grapple with religious power plays and dominance decade after decade while the precious young people walk the streets with very little hope and double digit+ unemployment wasting precious years of development and experience.)

This is time for strengthening our military as the German-led EU limits its compsotion to only ten (10) nations and boasts of not only its new, fast deployment armies contrary to WWII Agreements as its shiny new vessels sail the Mediterranean with a Vatican vey much in support with less and less tolerance for Iranian aspirations.

If you are correct in your assertions that this wonderful country has become a “deranged monster” as you refer to it, then let me assure you that there are many millions and millions of Americans seeing the impoverishment of the populace taking place, taxes and taxes imposed as well as fees and more fees at a time when unemploymemt was – promised – by you Mr. President not too exceed 8%, not 9.6%!

Mr. & Mrs. Citizen Joe is becoming restless in growing unrest and a significant backlash is forthcoming for Americans who started this great nation in fleeing taxes and taxes, fees and fees imposed by the King, the same similar Pelosi-Frank mentality will bring certain demise to those who undermine the goodness of this nation by the lack of transparency and truthfulness.

We must continue to be vigilant for let no one doubt the existence of those willing to perform dastardly deeds on US possessions and citizenry, however we are a spirited, committed people and while the Federal Reserve, central bankers and politicians care little for Mr. & Mrs. Citizen Joe everywhere, let no one underestimate the tenacity of individuals who are becoming aware of the evil ways of many who are only among us for a very short time….For all must understand that God’s eyes are upon us.

Christopher Tingus
64 Whidah Drive
Harwich, MA 02645 USA

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