I woke up at 4am with this Jefferson quote on my mind...
Jefferson was evidently trying to calm some fellow delegates to the Constitutional convention, in the wake of Shay's rebellion.
The rebellion is perhaps most responsible for our nation having a ban on debtor's prisons, and even the constitutional right to bankruptcy and debt forgiveness by act of federal magistrates.
Jefferson believed rebellion may have virtue. Later in life he became a college president and youthful rebellion consumed his ability to provide a systematic educational process.
"We have had 13. states independent 11. years. there has been one rebellion. that comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state. what country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
Let them take arms. the remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. what signify a few lives lost in a century or two?
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. it is it's natural manure. our Convention has been too much impressed by. . ."
Mayor Bynum was silent while the pompous tirade commenced. He made no attempt to correct the insensitivity of Potter. But to Bynum's credit, he has previously explained that the city officials will not seek private medical data from those who face health obstacles which prohibit safe mask usage, in some or all scenarios.
Mr. Potter seems blissly oblivious to the health complexities which make some or all mask-usage dangerous for some, because these ailments have thus far not visited his life. But karma is not something we need to pray for. It happens as a law of nature.
Note: there are many disturbing revelations surrounding the Ware case. The Public Defenders Office had to recuse, due to what could be illicit affairs and claims of felony adultery. An independent defense attorney will handle the case and reveal much more than the contents of this editorial, penned by David Oldham.