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Jefferson on, God, Freedom, Arms, and Government

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My work has embodied Theology, art, fiction and reality. The first two-thirds of my article today is fact, on my BLOGSITE. I caution readers that, while it, if often political or theological reality, nearly, as often, when I give such clues, it is a mix of that and fiction, fantasy. Judge for yourself, which is which, but keep in mind that the Jefferson quotes are authentic.

We have heard a great deal from Priests, Ministers, popes, hypocritical war criminal politicians, "Christian Rightists" (Of which they are neither) and avaricious, media charlatans, writers, snotty commentators, brain dead, self-appointed theologians or anti-theists, about Jesus, God, Freedom, organized religion, spirituality, atheism, Arms and Government. Now it is time to consult one of the Creators of our nation and our freedom, at least that freedom which existed before the Turtle Island Crime syndicate created the Anti-Constitutional Federal Reserve, and before G W Bush and associates, The Carlyle Group and murderous, Free Booting, No-Bid contracting, Murderous Patriot Act, the evil Satanic Military Commissions act of 2006, took over.

Let us see what the Bard of Virginia had to say about it all in this collection of his brilliant ideas, some of which is amazingly similar to utterances of members of my family, Royal, rebels against church and state over the last 800 years in Italy and here.

"The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. However, it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." "I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."

"Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one."

"Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."

"Most bad government has grown out of too much government.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.

"The god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them."

"And the day will come, when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His Father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva, in the brain of Jupiter."

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part, which is wrong, will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the 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."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

"A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.

"The right of self-government does not comprehend the government of others.

"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for.

"History, in general, only informs us what bad government is.

"If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.

"It is better to tolerate that rare instance of a parent's refusing to let his child be educated, than to shock the common feelings by a forcible transportation and education of the infant against the will of his father.

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.

"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.

"The man who reads nothing at all is better than educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.

"I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.

"In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to Liberty.

"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.

"I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.

"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?

"In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand likes a rock."

"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all."

"The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society."

"When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality."

That about sums up my feelings about America, Organized Religions, freedom God, Jesus, Life, peace, war, cowardice and bravery. How about you?

In case you haven't read all of my stuff here on OpEdNews.com or elsewhere, here it is in a nutshell. I take no man's word for what God has or has not said; I prefer to listen for His voice, within myself and keep it to myself unless pressed. I also prefer, during the 'Long Dark Night of The Soul,' rather than to accept the writings of men whose Intellect I have not experienced live, to translate from Archaic Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, **Latin, Old and New Testament documents and other sacred and political writings for myself.

It is perhaps to some only a family fantasy, but the evidence available suggests otherwise. As my grandfather claimed even on his deathbed, "...we have seen, for ourselves, an epical cosmic battle with Satanic families of evil (Cheney's at one point) for these last 1975 years." He went on to say, "...maybe your ancestors had also a prototypical hero. Although we have not been alone, many like us battled in other nations, other places and times, maybe side-by-side with one of you. The prototypical Bagnolo, has been revealed hundreds of years ago in men like Duke Bagnolo of the Albigensian Heresy infamy, in the art, poetry and other works of Castello D' Bagnolo over a similar period, which castile and Palace not only still stand but can be rented, in the writings of Raphael Sabatini at the turn of the century in epitomizing the prototypical Bagnolo in Chapter One of the Sea Hawk," (read it online), in the writings and words of my great grandfather and my Grandfather, whose linkage with, "the Bagnolo line, through the Iuzzolino, D'Leonardis' (Leonardi), Rocco, marital connections-Patriots, anthropologists, Theologians, artists, architects and engineers, almost to a man, who faced in Emperor, pope and king, evil and tyranny."

Here, as if in proof of my family's claims, nearly 20 centuries later we are faced once again with Evil Incarnate in the demoniac Bushites, spawns of Hell, which came to vanquish the Constitution feigning "religion," of which religious fakery I care nothing, repelling it with a faith in God and His works of His Own and through good, unsuspecting men, prophets, who care little for convention or the tiny appendages of those whose own ancestors unblessed by God, fought not for freedom but for wealth and bought privilege through murder, theft and bribery, by complicity in starting wars, revolutions, financial disasters, treasons, tortures, Inquisitions and worse. These were always, eventually, thwarted in the end by a Bagnolo, or some other such entity. Therefore, here we are, crazy, if you wish, fighting again in the same never-ending cosmic battle, with some of you who are aware of your involvement.

The words of Thomas Jefferson, know in Italy before some of the family came to America, nearly 140 years ago, put off by religious persecution, foolish policies which caused recession and hunger, were legend. They recognized in him a kindred spirit, a man touched by God, Chosen, not called, a man like some in our family and yours and the families of others. So, now once again we stand together most of us who write for Rob Kall and others. Wacky? Maybe... maybe not. Whether it is or is not, I like the whole idea, of kicking Bushite ass over the centuries, rather than just for a few years.

**(At a Catholic Prep high school, where after passing the most stringent and toughest entrance exam of any in the USA, in that then number one prep school in America, so mesmerized was I with baseball, Art, architecture, movies and females, I was as sorry student as was ever seen in that hallowed place for two years.)
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