The blessings of self-government

Reed Valley Orchard winesaps, 2008"It rests now with ourselves to enjoy in peace and concord the blessings of self-government so long denied to mankind: to show by example the sufficiency of human reason for the care of human affairs and that the will of the majority, the natural law of every society, is the only sure guardian of the rights of man. Perhaps even this may sometimess err, but its errors are honest, solitary and short-lived. Let us then, my dear friends, forever bow down to the general reason of the society. We are safe with that, even with its deviations, for it soon returns again to the right way."-- Thomas Jefferson, February 1790, as reprinted in the Lexington Herald-Leader on November 3, 2008