"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was and never will be." - Thomas Jefferson
It is obvious from the title which of the above choices this Writer believes.
So, the question is, is this Writer right or wrong? Let us turn to a bit of logic, a type of rational reasoning that officials today seem devoid of - or intentionally with malice and forethought, willfully disregard.
Our forefathers were actually refugees from one of the most oppressive Governments that existed at the time, a Government that, at the decree of one King or Queen, could declare death to the offender. Or, imprison people for life for a mere disagreement. The powers that be could deprive him of the use of his property, or place such a horrendous tax on land use that the poor fiefs could not pay, with eviction following.
The monarch owned all property, and, for example, the people were just the "tenants" upon the land.
Hmm, just as a thought, read your abstract or deed. The wording might surprise you.
One might even find out where Certificates of Birth ultimately end up, and why people are called "human resources."
But, those are other stories.
The point is this. Do you honestly believe that people escaping the tyranny of "crazier than a loon inbred monarchies" would actually set up virtually the same feudal system in their new land?
Or would they rather do all that is humanly possible to assure that such tyranny never developed?
Did our founders declare officials above the Law that governs the rest of the people? Was it their intent to give power to officials equal to the power of kings, queens, lords, and the like? Were the people in the new land mere subjects of governing bodies? Did one's neighbor have power over one simply because the neighbor was elected to office? Did they actually intend for mini-tyrants, such as majors and city councils, to have the authority to tell you how to manage your property?
Did the founders intend that standing armies of local de facto law enforcers live amongst the people? Did they give these thugs the power to abuse, assault, misuse Law, order about, enslave, kidnap, torture, shackle like a crazed wild animal; in short, to control and prohibit the expression of human rights granted by the Creator of all peoples on Earth?
To answer these questions, we turn to, "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America." Note that the language is very easy to understand. Also, know that it is the document that established our Law and our land.
"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them."
Note that it is the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God that entitle our separate and equal station from other lands that might oppress us. Like it or not, Atheists or whatever, it is Nature's God's rules we live under or is it more apt to say, "that we should live under."
Then, we come to the most important phrases ever written by Man from his free will.