WHERE IS LIBERTY? Martyr Who Stood Up to State Surveillance Died Today in 1683, Kicked Off the American Revolution

What is going on in America is truly the exact same injustices that happened at the hands of the British upon the colonists on this land, which were considered to be tyrannical- consider this article we posted today- on the occasion of the memorial for an American Martyr who was killed with concerns- like this- on his mind:

The following article is from the Tenth Amendment Center, with some additions in highlight:

Patriot, Hero and Martyr to Liberty They never teach us about Algernon Sidney The “real American revolution” was a radical change in the views of the people.

It started with James Otis Jr’s 1761 speech against the Writs of Assistance – who noted that “an act against the constitution is void.

”This represented the “beginning of the controversy” between the Colonies and Great Britain. The colonists were starting to see all power as flowing from the people – not the government. And because the people held sovereignty – or final authority – acts of a government that went beyond a constitution (written or unwritten) could never be valid.

writ of assistance was a general search warrant issued by superior provincial courts to assist the British government in enforcing trade and navigation laws during the British-American colonial period 

Of course, it’s up to the people to treat unconstitutional acts as they should be treated, too. This Revolution in Thought was reflected in the Declaration of Independence, which Thomas Jefferson said was intended not as a statement of NEW principles, but as “an expression of the American mind.”

“all it’s authority rests then on the harmonising sentiments of the day, whether expressed, in conversns in letters, printed essays or in the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney Etc”

These are the people who influenced the “American mind,” and thus, the American Revolution more than any other. While most have heard of 2, or 3 names, few today ever heard of the last, Algernon Sidney. 

Sidney was executed for treason – today in history, Dec 7, 1683 – for merely writing, but not even publishing – a book, Discourses on Government. It was published years after his death, and Jefferson later wrote that he considered it one of the most important books in history:”it is probably the best elementary book of the principles of government, as founded in natural right, which has ever been published in any language”

Like others condemned to death, Algernon Sidney was given the opportunity to save his own life. But Sidney considered confession for freedom to be “unreasonable and indecent,” making his courage, principles and heroism legendary to the Founders and Old Revolutionaries.

Everyone from Jefferson to Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Adams – and many others – read Sidney, cited his work, and recommended it for everyone else.

Algernon Sidney heavily influenced American revolutionary thought in 3 main ways:

Natural Rights
Government by consent
Right of Revolution

As Jefferson noted, we can see all these permeating through the letters, speeches and essays of the time, culminating, of course, in the Declaration of Independence.

For Sidney – and many of the Old Revolutionaries – resisting arbitrary government and tyranny was not an act of rebellion, but a right and a duty. For them, violating the constitution was the government acting in rebellion against the sovereignty of the people. Resistance to that rebellion was essential for liberty.

As Sidney put it, “That which is not just is not Law; and that which is not Law, ought not to be obeyed.”

Think about this.. here is some more coverage of the topic of Americans and our Constitutional Rights:

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