Thomas Jefferson wrote these timeless words about Liberty:
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
He also wrote other words, and we may imagine their current application.
On our present General Government:
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
On the personal responsibility of free men:
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
Happy Independence Day.