THE NEW CONSTITUTION**
To William S. Smith
Nov. 13, 1787 Paris
“[C]an history produce an instance of rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it's motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, & always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. …. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them.”
But, as I suggested in the opening paragraph,
Not at all.
So we now watch to see how this People act in response to the desperate loss of liberties by a thousand cuts. Cuts that range from interpositions such as ASSET FORFEITURE, to NSA domestic surveillance of every form of electronic communication absent any justifiably granted and constitutionally sound warrant. Even if we are ignorant in thinking these to be impositions, it is our contentment to live under them, rather than to depose the tyrants who, even only perhaps seem to have imposed them, that marks the death rattle of our liberties.