"Experience hath shewn,
that even under the best forms [of government]
those entrusted with power have, in time,
and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
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Liberty is fragile, once compromised tyranny invades.
 -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    We hold this truth to be self evident ! ! ! The occupying statist theocracy infesting this land is an extreme example of the accuracy of the quote - Jefferson waxing prophetic here.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    So, our system and processes of governing should include periodic 'death' of government bureaus so that they do not become eternal and grow into Leviathans. If the systems continue, it does not matter who gets 'elected' to fill positions of administration, the 'rules' themselves direct the tyranny, while government employees simply 'do their job.' Just as unprofitable businesses eventually close, so must government bureaus that have exceeded their lawful authority and/or do nothing but employ government contractors. Tyranny is simply business as usual.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Well Said, E Archer, NYC. That which is seen is temporal, that which is not seen is Eternal. Evil upon the throne, Truth upon the Scaffold. Now the question to be answered, What by way of who, draws Leviathan out ? as is currently being experienced by President Trumps administration. Why, would our Creator give a man Light then hide his way, then hedge him about with prosperity? Place thy hand upon thy mouth, remember the battle. Job knew the answer to the questions he put forth. Solomon built the "scaffold" 5x5x3 to teach the children the knowledge of God, this from generation to generation. a seed shall serve him for a generation. Though Job could not see the "pause" in time but to the end when his change would come. Liberty is the tool by which to tear down all the imaginations and everything that exalts itself against the Knowledge of God.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Mary, MI      
    Jefferson and Thomas Paine were deists, meaning they believed in the ethical imperative of Liberty contained in the Bible. Separate from any godhood, deity, or acts of super natural intervention. They still defend Christ. If you disbelieve this you need to study Paine's Rights Of Man. 
     -- Don Lee, Reno     
     -- jim k, Austin      
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