What does this mean?
Is it being used properly today?
Is it applicable today?
Is it calling for the violent overthrow of the government?
Is it limited to the situation and time when it was written?
Is it meant as a justification for democracies send military into battle?
Did it belong on Timothy McVeigh's T Shirt worn in Oklahoma City?
Does it apply at modern day "tea parties"?
Can it be taken as threat against the life of the president?
Can it be taken as a threat against the life of any government elected official?
Does it justify terrorism?
What are your further thoughts on this popular T shirt slogan?
What communication concepts, terms, ideas and practices apply to its use?
Does this overuse of what is a small portion of just one of the thousands of historic writings of Thomas Jefferson mean we are bypassing change through honest discourse, debate and the Democratic process?
Can the extremes of our political and society be resolved without a literal interpretation of the "tree of liberty" quote?
First published 9-2-09