01/1/09 - liberty-tree.ca by Thomas Jefferson (July 1816)
Thomas Jefferson was a US Founding Father. He drafted the Declaration of Independence and served as the 3rd US President.
[edited] We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must choose between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.
If we run into such debt, that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds, then we will have no time to think, and no means of calling our miss-managers to account. We would then be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains onto the necks of our fellow-sufferers.
This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for another, until the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery. And, the fore-horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.