The Quote by Thomas Jefferson on Liberty
“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” -The Quote by Thomas Jefferson on Liberty
This quote by Thomas Jefferson on liberty is one that every American needs to hear right now. No, that’s not because of the riots. Whatever the historically illiterate leftists say, there are no parallels between the current BLM and Antifa rioters and the brave souls that established America. Our Founding Fathers and the men that fought alongside them were not criminals that wanted to burn everything down. They were visionaries that wanted to create a new nation and did so.
So, if this quote by Thomas Jefferson on liberty doesn’t apply to the current crazy rioters creating what could definitely be termed a “tempestuous sea” in America, what does it apply to?
Well, the government’s tyrannical response to the Chinese Flu, of course. Americans are handing over increasingly concerning levels of power to the central government and their state governments due to this crisis.
The reason for that, as you can guess from this quote by Thomas Jefferson on liberty, is that Americans are now willing to submit to the calm of despotism rather than stand and fight for their liberties.
This problem is one I’ve touched on before, namely in my post on liberty, safety, and the Chinese Flu. And, indirectly, in my post on the tension between liberty and safety. Unfortunately, it hasn’t grown any better since then. Americans have continued to sacrifice precious liberty in the name of some safety from a disease no worse than the common flu.
“What is the solution,” you’re probably asking? “How can Americans stand up to the government and fight for their rights?” In my opinion, the answer is simple. It’s to listen to this quote by Thomas Jefferson on liberty and simply act it out.
Just prefer liberty to safety. Don’t accept the demands of timid men for despots to provide safety. These are no longer than anarchic times of Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan; freedom and prosperity have led to a nation of laws that doesn’t need the hand of a despot to remain one. Even if it did, that would be unjust, for the reasons described in The Gulag Archipelago.
So, instead of putting up with despots and timid men, we should just go about our free lives. Reopen your businesses. Go out to eat and buy what you want. Live your life as you see fit, not how some tyrant or bureaucrat in D.C. or your state capitol tells you to. Prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery. That’s the essence of this quote by Thomas Jefferson on liberty and it’s what Americans need to keep in mind as they deal with the tyrants in charge.
For far too long, Americans have been allowed to forget their revolutionary heritage. They’ve forgotten what makes them free Americans rather than obedient serfs, as they were in Europe. We can reclaim that heritage, but only if we demand freedom at any cost, even the price of potentially getting the Chinese flu.