Friday, February 5, 2010

Just Another Politician

Samuel Adams

It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.

The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.


If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Interesting thing about Samuel Adams. He was a career politician. Can you imagine today's politicians talking like this?
I would love to sit with Sam and discuss these ideas. "If ye love wealth greater than liberty..." implies that liberty doesn't guarantee wealth, and that you might have greater material prosperity under a form of government that certainly chafed Sam. Or maybe he was just talking about the I-got-mine kind of guy who might not be willing to risk his fortune and sacred honor in the fight for freedom. What kind of man prospers in freedom and what kind would prefer chains?  And how dense and heavy must chains become before a man decides that freedom is more valuable than his material goods?


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