Political Understanding For The 21st Century
Political Understanding for the 21st century. When old clashes with new, which one makes more sense?
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Qpmjujdbm!Voefstuboejoh!Gps!U if!32tu!Dfouvsz Based On Historical Perspectives By; Chuck Thompson of TTC Media http://www.GloucesterCounty-VA.com John AdamsAll men are born free and independent, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights,among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; thatacquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety andhappiness. Thomas JeffersonOf liberty then I say that, in the whole plentitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to ourwill, but rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us bythe equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but thetyrants will, and always so when it violates the rights of an individual. John AdamsI say RIGHTS, for such they have, undoubtedly, antecedent to all earthly government – RIGHTS thatcannot be repealed or restrained by human laws – RIGHTS derived from the great Legislator of theuniverse. Thomas JeffersonAll, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases toprevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, whichequal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with oneheart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without whichliberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our landthat religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little ifwe countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloodypersecutions