Leading Kool Aid Drinker (KAD) Barbara Streisand posted a quote from Thomas Jefferson on the Incoherent Rantings section of her website today:
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt......If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."
This is an excerpt from a letter from TJ to a certain John Taylor reacting to the passage of the Sedition Act. Indeed, when one does a google search on this passage it turns up on a lot of left-wing blogs.
Funny but when the KADs quote this passage, they conveniently leave out TJ's lament about taxes (specifically the stamp tax and the land tax - there were no income taxes back then). He also wishes to tell Old Europe (which I guess was newer back then) where to stick it: "Better keep together as we are, haul off from Europe as soon as we can, and from all attachments to any portions of it; and if they show their power just sufficiently to hoop us together, it will be the happiest situation in which we can exist."
One more thing: Babs and her fellow KADs omit the Post Script to the letter. Perhaps they see themselves as "Porcupines": "P.S. It is hardly necessary to caution you to let nothing of mine get before the public; a single sentence got hold of by the Porcupines, will suffice to abuse and persecute me in their papers for months."
There can be no worse abuse heaped upon TJ than to have a bunch of dimwitted appeasement-prone socialist celebrities use his words against a president (and the people who elected him) he would have approved of.
Full text of TJ's letter here.