Reclaim America Now Motto Is Falsely Attributed To Thomas Jefferson

On November 19, Larry Klayman’s Reclaim America Now engaged in a “second American revolution” protest. The goal of the protest was to force Obama, Reid and Boehner out of office. Obviously, they didn’t succeed.
Lots of tea party people attended the rally and the organizers and speakers wrapped themselves up in the founders, even employing an actor to portray George Washington (see the picture below). Also in that picture is the likeness of Thomas Jefferson on a poster with the motto:

When the government fears the people, there is liberty.


While Jefferson’s name is not on the poster, it seems clear that they believe Jefferson was responsible for the quote.
However, according to the Monticello Foundation, this is a quote often falsely attributed to Jefferson. The good folks at Monticello tell us:

We have not found any evidence that Thomas Jefferson said or wrote, “When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny,” or any of its listed variations.

Rather, the quote appears to come from John Basil Barnhill, in a published 1914 debate with socialist Henry Tichenor. On page 34, Barnhill says

Where the people fear the government you have聽tyranny. Where the government fears the people you聽have liberty.

Barnhill does not attribute the quote to anyone and the Monticello researchers were unable to find it in any of Jefferson’s writings.
I don’t know, of course, if the false attribution is purposeful or due to ignorance. In either case, the organizers have misled their followers in order to whip up revolutionary sentiment. I hope Klayman’s rhetoric of revolution and false attribution of the founders doesn’t tip somebody over the edge.
 
 

League Of The South Board Member Speaks To Larry Klayman's Reclaim America Now Rally

The secessionist, neo-Confederate organization League of the South was represented at Larry Klayman’s Reclaim America Now rally in Washington, D.C. According to Klayman, the rally sought to clean house in Washington:

Freedom Watch and its founder Larry Klayman call upon all Tea Party, conservative, libertarian, and other groups and persons, indeed to all patriotic citizens, to converge on Washington D.C., en masse, on November 19, 2013, and demand the resignations of President Barack Hussein Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker John Boehner.

Klayman predicted millions would show up to demand Obama’s resignation. The highest attendance figure I have seen (Washington Times) is 200. Clearly Klayman didn’t meet his goal.
On the program was Michael Peroutka, board member of the League of the South. In 2012, while speaking to the League of the South, Peroutka declared his agreement with the League of the South’s objective to have the Southern states secede. Watch his remarks on Tuesday here:
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ludQu2Xgj3Y[/youtube]
In this clip, Peroutka says America was founded upon “the biblical view of law and government” and lauds Klayman for setting up the rally to reclaim that view.
According to Time magazine report, Klayman is giving Obama until November 29 to vacate the office. If not, he will attempt to force him out.