Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How the Founders Recommended Dealing with War Protesters

"Jefferson [in 1812] called for different measures in different parts of the country... 'To the North they will give you more trouble. You may have to apply the rougher drastics of... hemp and confiscation.' -- by which he meant the hangman's noose and the confiscation of property." -- Madison and Jefferson, p. 511

Makes Dick Nixon look pretty soft by comparison, don't it?

UPDATE: Just to clarify, Jefferson was writing privately to Madison here, and this was not a serious policy proposal on his part.

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