Jefferson on "'Shays' Rebellion"***

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    "...can history produce an instance of rebellion so honorably conducted? I say nothing of its motives They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed...and what country can preserve its liberty, if the rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance".

    ***Letter to Colonel Smith, November 13, 1787
     
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    No doubt it's a good thing to remind our leaders who they work for...
     
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    Unless we take steps towards public financing of elections, IT AIN'T US!!! Politicians work for those who foot the bills and currently that's whoever can bundle the highest amount of campaign contributions.
     
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    Jefferson also wanted to rewrite the Constitution every 19 years.

    Do you have a point?
     
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    Do you have a source?
     
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    How many amendments does our Constitution have? Seems that there are enough to be about one every twenty years or so. So I would say that we have done as Jefferson suggested. Not always with sanquine results, ie, Prohibition.
     
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    Jefferson pulled the 20-year figure out of a hat; in fact, though, the nation's governing institutions go through a major overhaul every 80-odd years:

    1787 -- U.S. Constitution replaces Articles of Confederation

    1865-1868 -- 13th - 15th Amendments and the creation of a new working relationship between federal government and states

    1935-1945 -- reinterpretation of the Constitution to allow more government involvement in the economy, expansion of the U.S. military and of U.S. world presence

    And we're due for another quite shortly, probably in the 2020s. Those last three major revisions were all preceded by ghastly breakdowns of the system preexisting them (the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the Great Depression, respectively) and we're in one of those now, too.
     
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    Wry-catch is a typical left wing poster. It's about the fifth or sixth post I've seen from the left about rebellion. Why would the left wing be so interested in the concept of rebellion these days?
     
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    Interesting you post that...you DO know what Shay's Rebellion was about, don't you?
     

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