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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Gotta Love the U.S. Marine Corps

Since the Liberals have been pissing me off all week, I thought I would return the favor,…..



Did Thomas Jefferson actually say this?: "Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".

3 comments:

  1. I'm trying to find out myself, if I find something definitive I'll posted it here.

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  2. Thomas Jefferson, as far as anyone can tell, did indeed say that quote. Despite the fact that it's referenced by every gun-toting redneck, pseudo-badass, and "constitutionalist" zealot from El Paso to Tallahassee, using that one line to promote gun-rights is grossly out of context and makes the reciter look, quite frankly, like an idiot.

    Though Thomas Jefferson did believe in "a little anarchy" and self-defense through weaponry, this particular quote is meant to convey that peace is temporary, and lasts only as long as countries must be rebuild from the last war and/or struggles.

    He likely said this after the Am. Revolution, to deter the false security setting in among the citizens of the newly-formed United States of America (and rightfully so, as the British were soon again at war with the U.S.).

    This quote would have been great to remember after World War I, in which Westerners proclaimed it the "War to End All Wars" or "The War to End War;" within roughly one decade, thanks to the disenfranchisement of Germans after losing WW1, Adolph Hitler rose to power and led the world into the most gruesome scene of humanity's play: WW2, the Holocaust, Iwo Jima, and the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, among others.

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  3. According to the people at Monticello and his archives this quote appears no where in any of his writings. Someone came up with a snappy phrase and hung his name on it so more people would read it.

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