Thomas Jefferson. Letter to John B. Colvin, September 20, 1810, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 9, p. 279 (1898).
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.
To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.
Thomas Jefferson was a revolutionary. He chose to overturn the law he was born under in order to establish liberty under a new government.
There is no moral right in a democracy for some of the people to vote others into partial slavery, to vote to subsidize themselves by taxing others.
The purpose of government is to secure the liberty of all. The purpose is not to enable a majority to take the wealth, work, and liberty of a minority. A mob can do that quite well without the formality of a democratic vote.