From Jefferson's "Notes on Virginia" we see some great words. The words hearken back to a bold statement in the Declaration of Independence. It is one of my favorite Jefferson quotes:
"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?"
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