Bullets for Ballots

“I hold that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, as necessary in the political world as storms are in the physical……The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive……God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion……What country can preserve its liberties if its 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 right as facts, pardon and 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 and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

– Thomas Jefferson