After penning the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson penned these words to those who would eventually sign the document and give up everything so that we today can have what they did not have.
Read it carefully as he says in a few words what many today are trying to say but cannot seem to get the point across to the American people.
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"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.
We must make our election between economy and liberty
or profusion and servitude.
If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and
in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and
our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...
we have no time to think,
no means of calling our miss-managers to account,
but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves
to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.
And this is the tendency of all human governments.
A departure from principle in one instance
becomes a precedent for another
till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery.
And the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt.
Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Author of the Declaration of Independence