"I discharge every person under punishment or prosecution
under the Sedition Law, because I considered, and now consider,
that law to be a nullity as absolute and palpable as if Congress
had ordered us to fall down and worship a golden image."
Thomas Jefferson
(1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
Letter to Abigail Adams, 22 July 1804
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King George's recent presidential order (decree) giving the president absolute dictatorial powers (complete with ability to absorb private business) in an emergency (and he can declare the emergency for anything), the Patriot Act, all other compelled compliances, licenses, theft of the laborer's fruit, forced charity, ID, insurance all fall within the defining umbrella of Jefferson's 'sedition'. Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court have all legislated that we fall down and worship the golden calf.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Today's equivalent is the Patriot Act (as well as the Executive Orders Mike has alluded to). I do not know what has happended to the consciousness of Americans -- not only do we roll over and take it, we cheer and beg for it (i.e. the South Carolina Republican Presidential debate comes to mind). Looks like we are throroughly brainwashed to worship the absolute rule of the President (a false idol if there ever was one).
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- dragonswizardz      
    This is one of the many great things President Jefferson did. As far as GW goes, I have for many years thought he had more in common with FDR than any other president, and that is no compliment. The only question is, who will go in the interment camps this time?
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    Jefferson was a wise man. Wasn't the sedition act brought about by Hamilton to quell any protest of his central banking scheme?
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Once again more brilliant words from a brilliant leader. The sedition act is no more necessary than NATO, CIA, NSA and DEA.
     -- Johann Hollar, St Paul, Minnesota     
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