11/06/2004

Elizabeth Edwards: Patience shall be rewarded

Elizabeth Edward's post on Democrat Underground:

Now that I have more time, I will post some, too. But today I want to share something inspiring, part of a letter from Thomas Jefferson. This is from the new Bernstein biography of Jefferson. Jefferson sent the letter in 1798 after the passage of the Sedition Act:

A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."

DU Post here

Patience paid off
Within two years Jefferson was elected president. Jefferson's sucessfull platform was built on the excess and overreach of his opponents


The Federalist Party (which instituted the hated Alien & Sedition Acts) was on its way to oblivion, and Jefferson WAS able to bring his vision of government to pass.


And may I add Exodus to Edwards and Teddy's words ?
Exodus text about Moses' life in Egypt tells us about a Pharaoh that turned intolerant. With a hardened heart after a great loss for his country, the Emperor and his followers wouldn't listen to reason and started persecuting the "infidels".. Sounds familiar ?

That's when God called on Moses and told him to use the Pharaoh's abominable actions to teach a lesson the world would not forget


Where is Moses when you need him ?
Exodus 9:34-10:2:
When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts So Pharaoh's heart was hard and he would not let the Israelites go, just as the LORD had said through Moses.


Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these [miracles] of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with [them] Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD."


God knew in advance what Pharaoh would do in any given situation, and deliberately placed Pharaoh in this situation (i.e. God decided that Pharaoh would be born at the time and place that he was and thus placed him in this position of power). (See Exodus 9:13-16.)
Thus God brought about the situation, namely that Moses would encounter a pharaoh whose heart was hardened against God and would be forced to defend the innocents from the mad Pharaoh, with the help of God, in such an remarkable way that the lesson is still with us, more than 2,000 years later...


Another link to Edwards post
it's all one thing: Jefferson and the reign of witches

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