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Posted on November 14 at 7:40 a.m.
Thank you Mr Hahn for this great editorial. I only wish there were more honest and insightful accounts like this being promulgated. I am grateful you wrote this.
Please don't be discouraged by all the trolls commenting on your piece. They are trying to simplify what is happening into a narrow viewpoint and force a wonderful spectrum of people into black and white stereotypes. Their views will evolve, or they will find themselves left behind.
Growing up in Charlottesville, VA, Mr Jefferson has always been a special figure for me and a large influence. I visited Monticello very frequently as a youth and still enjoy being at his home estate as often as is practical. I strongly agree with your estimation of what his impressions of the Occupy Together awakening might be.
"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. ... What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Stephens Smith, Paris, 1776
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