Friday, September 05, 2008

Heard around town

"I am surprised they're not killing politicians. I mean, at 50% approval ratings people should be voting incumbents out of office; at 30% I would expect state assemblies to be convened to discuss the conditions of secession; but at 9%? You'd think people would be so pissed that they would storm the capitol and start taking down the thugs one by one." - paraphrased from a conversation with a local man, who is considering becoming a pirate.

The fact that a potential pirate said this might not be all that surprising. But it could just as easily have been Thomas Jefferson speaking: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

Have we forgotten the freedoms intended for us by the founding fathers? Perhaps it is for the best that we have not had an armed revolution in over 100 years. But Jefferson certainly would not approve.