"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     
     -- Ronw13, ID      
    Except for a few insignificant variants in specific nomenclature, legal and otherwise dictionaries define socialism as: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of property, religion and the means of production and distribution of goods. Communism, Fascism, Woke Progressivism, etc. are but administrative differences to socialism’s theocratic enslavement. Each and every anything, contrary to current dogma use is now considered sedition. Where once, “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” was to be the governing jurisprudence, Legal Positivism’s / Legal Realism’s arbitrary god rule (executive, legislative, judicial, MSM, etc.) mandates all to fall down and worship the golden image of socialism. The U.S.’s last head executive was a very simple example of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land’s demise by falsely declaring sedition.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    This letter is written in 1804 after Washington and Adams stopped French immigration. Jefferson being the Francophile he was didn't like it. The outrage against French egalitarians murdering their monarchy was not shared by the Francophiles in the US. King George III's terror on Americans ended in 1789, the French terror was in full throttle by Napoleon in 1804. That is the timeline.
     -- Don, RENO     
    Don, thank you for the timeline and clarification. My reference was to "king" George Bush.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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