Sunday, April 05, 2009

NOTES ON VIRGINIA 1782 BY THOMAS JEFFERSON

"Our situation is indeed perilous, and I hope my countrymen will be sensible of it, and will apply, at a proper season, the proper remedy; which is a convention to fix the constitution, to amend its defects, to bind up the several branches of government by certain laws, which, when they transgress, their acts shall become nullities; to render unnecessary an appeal to the people, or in other words, a rebellion, on every infraction of their rights, on the peril that their acquiescence shall be construed into an intention to surrender those rights." (Notes on Virginia, 1782. ME 2:178)

If the law of the land introduced by the United States Consititution is not followed by the representatives of the people, then the constituents must enforce,protect and uphold this word created for our protection from tyranny through the grace of G-d. We must not surrender our rights to govern "in order to form a more perfect union", but use our rights unless we lose them. (D. Noble, April, 2009).

In the winter of 1777 George Washington wintered at Valley Forge. Most of his soldiers were in rags, and only a few had bedclothing. Many had to sit by the fire all night to keep warm, and some of the sick soldiers were without beds or even loose straw to lie upon. Nearly 3,000 were barefoot, and many had frozen feet. In spite of all of this, Washington never doubted that in the end the American cause would triumph.
The story is told of a Quaker farmer, Isaac Potts, who approached the camp one day and saw George Washington on his knees in the woods, his cheeks wet with tears, praying for help and guidance.
When the farmer returned to his home, he said to his wife, "George Washington will succeed! George Washington will succeed! The Americans will secure their independence." "What makes you think so, Isaac?" inquired his wife. "I have heard him pray, Hannah, out there in the woods today, and the Lord will surely hear his prayer."
The Bible has been challenged in every century, yet stood the test of time against all its enemies and the corroding influences of time.

THOMAS JEFFERSON ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION

"One of the amendments to the Constitution... expressly declares that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,' thereby guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others." --Thomas Jefferson: Draft Kentucky Resolutions, 1798. ME 17:382

"The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and... if any act shall be... passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right." --Thomas Jefferson: Statute for Religious Freedom, 1779. (*) ME 2:303, Papers 2:546