John Adams Quote

We are told: "It is a universal truth, that he that would excite a rebellion, is at heart as great a tyrant as ever wielded the iron rod of oppression." Be it so. We are not exciting a rebellion. Opposition, nay, open, avowed resistance by arms, against usurpation and lawless violence, is not rebellion by the law of God or the land. Resistance to lawful authority makes rebellion. … Remember the frank Veteran acknowledges, that "the word rebel is a convertible term."


No. 5 - Novanglus essays (1774–1775)

Novanglus Essays/No. 5

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We are told: It is a universal truth, that he that would excite a rebellion, is at heart as great a tyrant as ever wielded the iron rod of...

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We are told: It is a universal truth, that he that would excite a rebellion, is at heart as great a tyrant as ever wielded the iron rod of...

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We are told: It is a universal truth, that he that would excite a rebellion, is at heart as great a tyrant as ever wielded the iron rod of...

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We are told: It is a universal truth, that he that would excite a rebellion, is at heart as great a tyrant as ever wielded the iron rod of...