Dangerous Freedom

2021 September 20
by justrand

In a letter to James Madison dated January 30, 1787, Thomas Jefferson included the Latin phrase: “Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem

There are two translations for this: “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery” and “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”  I’m with Jefferson!

This letter is the one in which Jefferson argues that there are three basic forms of societal existence (1- no government, 2 – popular involvement, 3 – aristocracies/dictatorships).  He finds the middle form, where We the People have a say, to be the most “turbulent”…but still the most preferable.

Hence he would be happy with either translation (“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery” or “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.”).

At the end of this letter, Jefferson pens one his most famous quotes: “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

The forces of dictatorship (with or without “Happy Faces”) are gaining force and influence around the world, but especially here in America.  They offer “peaceful slavery” and thequiet of servitude”, and way too many are willing to bend the knee in exchange for a little “peace and quiet”.  Here in America our politicians often promise that the reduction or restriction in freedom is “temporary”…so just shut and obey for a while.  It is NEVER temporary.

I’m with Jefferson.  I’m also with Patrick Henry who famously asked:Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?”

No…it’s not.

35 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 September 20 8:34 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    There is chinese contagion today causing financial chaos worldwide. Investors always panic when this happens and they move their money out of risky assets worldwide, and they move their money into shitcoin. You can see this happening on the DXY today as the dollar is shooting up.

  2. 2021 September 20 9:11 am
    drdog09 permalink

    One of PRP’s buddies, Gammon — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_8RHgqADHA&t=2s — These are the policies you are supporting Sir.

  3. 2021 September 20 9:13 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    I like gammon but hes braindead when it cones to Covid. His channels might get banned from youtube at this rate.

  4. 2021 September 20 9:17 am
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Gammon is another person who thinks random headlines equal facts when that’s not evidence based medicine works. He then doesnt realize that he’s building world views based on inaccuracies, and then he draws the conclusion that people are gas lighting him.

    I have no doubt he will just become increasingly confused at the rate he’s going.

  5. 2021 September 20 9:40 am
    drdog09 permalink

    PRP, I feel sorry for you. You are so afraid of dying, your life is over.

  6. 2021 September 20 10:30 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    I missed the details of this part of the history of Dem Party’s debt to China.
    Mostly because it wasn’t reported


  7. 2021 September 20 10:45 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    This sorta makes sense.
    A trans vaccinated person comes out.

  8. 2021 September 20 11:16 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Wonder what is different this year??

  9. 2021 September 20 12:10 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

  10. 2021 September 20 12:28 pm

    Send the ships back, starve the chinks. We can make our own shit .

  11. 2021 September 20 12:48 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Hunter is running the ports

  12. 2021 September 20 12:56 pm

    Encourage our truckers to strike, that crap will never make it to the shelves.

  13. 2021 September 20 1:13 pm
    bc3b permalink

    As I keep saying, you’ve gotta love Marjorie Taylor Greene:


  14. 2021 September 20 1:26 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Chicago ended the weekend with a flurry as 29 were shot on Sunday, bringing the total to 61 shot; 12 fatally:


    Yes sir ree. White supremacy is the country’s #1 problem.

  15. 2021 September 20 1:52 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Democrats to create a crisis with the debt ceiling as well as a growth crisis.

    McConnell is proving he’s not as smart as people seem to think he is with the brinksmanship bc that’s what the far left want him to do.

  16. 2021 September 20 1:53 pm
    bc3b permalink

  17. 2021 September 20 2:02 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Suicide bomber who killed 13 US military and dozens of Afghans was released from the Bagram Prison:


    Had Biden, Austin and Milley decided to use Bagram rather than the Kabul Airport, these people would be alive today. Yet, Milley assured the US that Bagram wasn’t necessary.

  18. 2021 September 20 2:51 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

  19. 2021 September 20 4:40 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Gab decides to ignore German Fascists (ie, the official gov’t there)

  20. 2021 September 20 4:53 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    The author claims the study appears to have deliberately obfuscated the data.
    Don’t let a friend who is in the first or second trimester of pregnancy get the Stab until they’ve talked about this with their doctor.


  21. 2021 September 20 5:34 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Seen on Twitter. No idea if it’s true, of course.

    “Pope Francis just closed the doors to the Vatican for those who without the vaccine passport. I remember in the Bible when Jesus turned away the people who didn’t have a leprosy vaccine… Oh wait.”

  22. 2021 September 20 5:38 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  23. 2021 September 20 5:40 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

    Luke 7:22

  24. 2021 September 20 6:32 pm

    You know we are fuked as a nation when the frogs and the aussies show more balls than we have.

  25. 2021 September 20 6:34 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    For you drdog.


    Notice how thin the Blue Line is.

    Try that crap in America, and things can go sideways quickly.

    With the mandate being applied to Health Care Workers and others, they are going to lose everything they have worked for. And then they are going to lose it.

    When a person has nothing to lose (because it has all been taken), they lose it.

  26. 2021 September 20 6:38 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Zillow rent increase vs cpi rent increases


  27. 2021 September 20 9:11 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

  28. 2021 September 20 9:13 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    BLM look to cancel Carmines after they threw black anti-Vaxxers out of the restaurant for not having vaxx passport


  29. 2021 September 20 9:18 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    White Supremacists headquartered at Carmines


    “The incident sparked massive backlash and led to a large group of BLM activists gathering at the restaurant on Monday. The furious crowd blocked the street in front of the building, and used a bullhorn to chant, “Cancel Carmine’s.”

    According to the protesters, the vax pass is just an “excuse” that allows white supremacists to be racists.”

  30. 2021 September 20 9:19 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    ‘St. Louis couple who waved guns at Black Lives Matter protestors could face suspension of law licenses’
    They received a pardon from the governor in July
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/st-louis-gun … w-licenses

    FTA – “Last week, Alan Pratzel, the state Supreme Court’s chief disciplinary officer, filed a motion to have the law licenses for both Mark and Patricia McCloskey suspended, saying both crimes proved the couple showed “indifference to public safety” and “moral turpitude.” “….

    Full link

  31. 2021 September 20 10:41 pm
    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Notorious qanon antivaxx and antimasker dies of covid.

    Qanoners now attacking the hospital


  32. 2021 September 21 3:21 am
    drdog09 permalink


    By a greater man than I….

    You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again.
    — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    In that state one is also the most dangerous.

    US metro police forces have a weakness, their fondness for military toys without the intensity of training to use them effectively. Figure out how to disable their MRAPs, command centers, mobile barricades at the dispatch yard and they lose the force multiplier of mobility.

  33. 2021 September 21 3:33 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Another —

    Do not pursue what is illusory – property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life – don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.
    — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    Something I have tried to live by in my life, even though I succumb to my mortal weakness from time to time. Even so I have profited, not because I clamored for it, but because I felt it necessary that the other party profit too.

  34. 2021 September 21 7:06 am

    23 – As they should be.

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