On Independence Day 2009, I can’t think of any better words to write than to quote the Founders …
“The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution. (John Adams)
“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” (Thomas Jefferson)
“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” (James Madison)
… and even Abraham Lincoln.
“If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.”
Which is another way of saying:
“The tree of Liberty must be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” (Thomas Jefferson)